BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The provincial government-managed Mambukal mountain resort in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, will soon to open for fully vaccinated local tourists.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz disclosed on November 20 that the Mambukal mountain resort will start accepting local tourists, starting December 1.
Diaz, however, said that they will initially accommodate “fully vaccinated” tourists.
At present, the resort, which was converted into a COVID-19 quarantine facility last year, has five patients, who are about to complete the required 14-day isolation.
Diaz advised local tourists who want to stay in the resort needs to booked at the resort’s office located at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon in Bacolod City.
At the same time, the provincial government is now studying the implementation of online bookings to make it easier for tourists.
Sipalay City, a popular tourist destination in southern Negros, has also started to ease requirements for visitors.
Travelers entering Sipalay City from within Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are only required to make reservations in any resort or establishment, fill out its tourism registration form and present documents upon arrival.
For travelers outside the province, they are being required by the city government of Sipalay to present their booking or reservation from the resort of their choice, approved SPass travel coordination permit and online tourist registration form, as well as uploading of their valid identification card, proof of vaccination, or negative RT-PCR test results.
Mayor Gina Montilla-Lizares, in her issued executive order, also ordered the discontinuing of border checkpoints in Brgys. Cartagena, Camindangan and Nabulao in Sipalay City.
On the other hand, Mayor Renato Gustilo issued an executive order lifting the mandatory use of face shields in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, while the use of face masks in public places still remains in effect.*