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Andanar underscores El Salvador's tourism opening

Philippine Information Agency
25 Sep 2020, 20:38 GMT+10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sep. 25 (PIA)--With the gradual opening of tourism in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, Presidential Communications Secretary and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-X Martin Andanar lauded the City Government of El Salvador for taking an initiative to aid their economy.

"Habang nag-iingat sa banta ng COVID-19 handa na ang pamunuan ng El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental na buksan muli ang syudad para sa gradual reopening ng tourism gaya ng Divine Mercy Shrine," Andanar said.

(While taking careful steps amid the threats of COVID-19, the City Government of El Salvador, Misamis Oriental is ready to boost activities in the city by reopening its tourism such as the Divine Mercy Shrine)

With the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) declaration in the area, El Salvador City Mayor Edgar Lignes said in an interview with Andanar that about 50 percent of the 3,000 capacity of Divine Mercy Shrine can now be accommodated even those visitors from other places.

Many people visit the shrine claiming that it is a miraculous place and in order to protect the pilgrims, the LGU tapped the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) to safeguard the area.

Aside from the Divine Mercy Shrine, El Salvador also boasts its 32 hectare Burias Shoal, which is only a 10-15 minute pump boat ride from the shore. Lignes said swimming, snorkeling and research can be done in the area. It also has a protected area for sea shells.

As for the business operations, the 19 bottling plants and manufacturers never stopped their production in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental. Lignes said the firms even increased their production amid the pandemic. Thus, the local income has not been greatly affected.

To further boost economic activities in the city, Lignes calls on the national government if it can aid in the city's infrastructure projects like a boulevard and water system to prepare the coming of investors.

Laging Handa Network Briefing News is a daily program initiated by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and aired in various radio and TV stations, and PCOO digital platforms to provide nationwide updates on COVID-19 response of LGUs and national line agencies. (RTP/PIA10)

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