Surigao del Sur opens borders, eases restrictions

While most of the cities and provinces in Mindanao are again restricting the movement of people to manage the surge of coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) cases, Surigao del Sur has opened up its provincial borders and eased up restrictions.

Surigao is home to some of the most breathtaking tourism destinations including the Britania Group of Islands in Barangay Britania, San Agustin; Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig and Cagwait Beach.

“There is no more need to extend further the restriction of movements of individuals within the province,” Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander T. Pimentel said through Executive Order No. 33 issued on November 15 this year.

An earlier EO issued by Pimentel extended the restrictions in the cities of Tandag and Bislig until November 15.

As of November 16, data from the City Government of Tandag shows a total of 24 active COVID cases, 79 recoveries and 3 deaths.

Based on the Department of Health XIII November 3, 2020 data, Surigao del sur has 33 active COVID cases, 99 recoveries and 6 deaths.

The move to ease the restrictions in the province was made to revitalize its economy. However, business operations are still subject to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“In case of new infections and local transmission, LGUs may, at their discretion, declare lockdowns or impose restrictions in the affected areas to contain the transmission subject to IATF guidelines,” Pimentel said.

PHOTO: Surigao del Sur Provincial Tourism Office

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