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Davao Oriental beach, tourist sites now open

Edith Regalado - The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Dahican Beach and other tourist attractions in Mati City, Davao Oriental are now open to the public.

Mati tourism officer Dashiel Indelible Jr., however, said not all 30 establishments  issued certificates to operate would open.

Indelible said some establishments have yet to comply with minimum health and safety requirements.

Before the coronavirus disease 2019 or c pandemic, the monthly average tourist arrivals in Mati is 25,438. With an estimated expenditure of P1,500 per tourist per day, it amounted to a monthly income of P38 million.

The local tourism industry lost P114.4 million in the past three months due to the enhanced community quarantine.

Indelible said they hope the local tourism industry would recover, with Dahican Beach, the most popular tourist site, now open.

He said the inclusion of Pujada, Mayo and Balete bays on the list of most beautiful bays in the world is seen to boost tourism in the province.

The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association included the three bays on its list of world’s prestigious bays in February.

Visitors should expect strict health screening in provincial and city borders to ensure the safety and security of the community.

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