BUTUAN CITY – After months of closure due to threats of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the town of Pilar in Siargao Island is reopening its tourist destination sites and activities Thursday.
In its announcement, the local government unit of Pilar reminded visitors to book two days before the visit to any destination.
Among the sites that will accept visitors is the famous Magpupungko Rock Formation and Tidal Pools.
The other sites and tourism activities to open include the Tayangban Cave and Eba Overview, the Maasin River, surfing at the Salvacion Surf Break and Lukod Surfing Site, Canoeing, San Roque Rock Diving, the site visits to Paghungawan Marsh and Papangon Hanging Garden.
Two of the town’s popular beach resorts — the Bito and Caridad Beach Resorts — are also open.
Visitors must present the requirements. Pilar residents should show a valid identification card and e-health pass while other residents in Siargao would need to present their bookings to destinations.
Surigao del Norte residents from outside Siargao Island, aside from the IDs, e-health pass, and bookings, are required to present a negative result of antigen test.
Tourists who are non-residents of Surigao del Norte have to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or saliva test.
The town of Pilar is known for hosting the annual Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament, participated by anglers and game fishing enthusiasts from the country and other parts of the world.
Last year, the game fishing tournament was canceled due to the threat of Covid-19. There is no announcement yet if the annual game fishing tourney will resume this year. (PNA)