After three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Albay, the Cagsawa Ruins, is now ready to welcome tourists once again!
Daraga Mayor Victor Perete hopes that the reopening of Cagsawa will revive the once vibrant tourism activities in the area. (Read: Travel Guidelines: 3 Things You Need to Know)
The Cagsawa is a Franciscan church built in 1724 and was believed to have been destroyed when the volcano erupted in 1814. It has stood as a symbol of the Bicol Region’s impressive landscape, rich history, and the people’s strength and resiliency. (Read: The 500-Year History of Catholicism in the Philippines)
Here’s what the local government of Daraga asks tourists who will visit the site:
Follow Health Standards
According to Mayor Parete, visitors are required to sign health declaration forms, submit to temperature checks, and wear masks at all times while roaming the Cagsawa Ruins. This is to ensure that all tourists will be safe from the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
Observe Physical Distancing
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The opening of the famous tourist spot does not mean that people are free to gather in groups just like before. The local government asks that those who will visit Cagsawa will practice social distancing as one of the safety measures.
Bring Your Own Food and Water
Food and souvenir stalls inside the ruins are still not allowed to operate. This is, again, to ensure, the health standards imposed. With this, it is expected that tourists will bring their own food and water—the local government is requesting to throw garbage and wastes in designated garbage bins. Do not take anything that might be of value while roaming Cagsawa Park. Let others enjoy it as you did.
The park will be open every day from 6 am to 5 pm. Albay is part of some areas placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) with strict local action last July 1. (Read: A List of Provinces and Cities Under the Different Quarantine Schemes Until July 15)