November 3, 2021

With the move to MGCQ, the Hundred Islands anticipate a surge in visitor arrivals.

Following the province’s switch to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) on November 1, the city tourism office is looking for an increase in tourist arrivals.

In an interview on Friday, City Tourism Officer Miguel Sison noted that during the third and fourth weeks of October, tourist arrivals in the famous Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) here averaged 100 to 200 people each day.

“It’s mostly local visitors,” he explained, “because we were under general community quarantine with heightened limitations from September 8 to October 30 forbidding travelers from places under enhanced community quarantine and modified enhanced community quarantine.”

Pangasinan will revert to MGCQ on November 1, according to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Tourist travel from other provinces, including those with higher quarantine classifications, will be allowed under this new development, according to Sison, subject to compliance with regulations.

“All travelers visiting Pangasinan from outside the province must register with and the S-pass (Safe, Swift, and Secure Passage) travel management system. We will demand a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or quick antigen test done 72 hours before to travel as a prerequisite for persons from alert level 3 areas, or their vaccination card in place of the RT-PCR test,” he stated.

Residents of Pangasinan, on the other hand, only need to show a valid identification card or proof of residency, he explained.

Sison noted that overnight stays in HINP guest homes are now open, and that the city’s “No Movement Day” on Sundays has been lifted.

Because some of the guest houses were under repair, the island only has four usable guest houses: three on Quezon Island and one on Mayor’s Island.

The view deck on Ramos Island, which offers a panoramic view of the tourist destination, is one of the HINP’s newest attractions.

Sison stated that the majority of the staff at the HINP and the city’s tourism bureau had previously been vaccinated.

“It’s for the safety of the staff as well as the tourists,” he continued.

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