DoT advisory on status of tourist sites in CAR, Region 1



The Manila Times

Public Square

FOLLOWING the major earthquake that struck the northern part of Luzon yesterday omn July 27, the Department of Tourism (DoT) wishes to apprise the traveling public of the status of tourist destinations in the affected areas of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1. Based on information provided by the DoT-CAR Office, all tourism activities in the Province of Abra are suspended until further notice, while Baguio City, Kabayan town in Benguet, and Mt. Pulag Protected Landscape (MPPL) continue to be open to visitors. Trekkers going to MPPL, however, are advised that Akiki Trail is still undergoing assessment after the earthquake. Additionally, tourists bound for Kabayan are also advised to take caution in traversing the road due to the possibility of aftershocks and rainshowers. All tourist sites in Sagada, Mountain Province – except Cave Connection, Sumaguing, Balangagan and Pongas Falls – have also reopened to visitors, following the suspension on tourism activities imposed soon after the tremors. As confirmed by the DoT Region 1 Office, several tourist sites in the Province of Ilocos Sur have been ordered closed to visitors after the earthquake. These include Bantay Bell Tower, Bantay Church/Saint Augustine of Hippo Parish Church, Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Caridad de Bantay in Bantay; Sta. Maria Church in Sta. Maria; St. Paul Cathedral, Heritage Village, Calle Crisologo, Ilocos Sur Regional Complex National Museum, Syquia Mansion, and all other tourist spots in Vigan City. In Pangasinan, only Antong Falls in Sison is reportedly closed due to landslide. In La Union, Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel and the Great Wall of Santol/ Bilagan Road are temporarily closed as reported by DoT-1. While tourism activities in Ilocos Norte were suspended after the earthquake, all tourist sites in the province have already reopened. DoT advises all tourists with travel plans to the affected areas to take extra caution.