Sagada halts all eco-tourism activities due to COVID-19 threat

The local government of Sagada, Mountain Province has ordered on Thursday the suspension of all activities related to tourism within the area due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until further notice.

In Executive Order No. 7-20 issued on Thursday, Sagada Mayor James Pooten Jr. said the order shall take effect immediately.

According to Pooten, the move was made “in response to the growing concern over the outbreak of COVID-19” with the recent declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) that it is a world health emergency.

The mayor added that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised all local governments to take precautionary measures to help contain the disease and stop the spreading of it.

He also cited the 1987 Constitution in deciding on the suspension of eco-tourism activities.

“Whereas, the Philippine Constitution, which provides that the ‘The State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them,’” the mayor said.

All tourist spots, except those that are private, are hereby closed immediately, in view of the said order.

These include all tours and packages written within the map handouts and tourist information centers such as caves, adventure trails, hanging coffins, waterfalls, among others.

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