By Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran — It’s more fun this summer season in the island town of Maripipi where the famous Sambawan Island is located as the local government unit will be relaunching the island tourism industry by next month.
“We will relaunch the tourism industry of the island on April 16,” said Maripipi Mayor Joseph Canonoy Caingcoy in an interview.
Caingcoy clarified that the relaunching, specifically at Sambawan Island, will now be managed by the local government unit and no longer by the former developer of the island resort.
He dubbed the new tourism campaign brand as “Sambawan Resort Maripipi Island” for easy name recall of the island town with Sambawan.
The relaunching of the island tourism is expected to be attended by regional officials of the DOT in Eastern Visayas, some top officials of Biliran province, local media, and other invited guests and visitors.
The first termer mayor who instituted rapid progress and development of his hometown in the areas of health, infrastructure, social, economic, and eco-tourism anchored on his leadership brand “USWAG Maripipi,” informed that the tourism industry of the island town is open to the public starting April 17.
He informed that all tourists going to the island shall first drop at the town’s RoRo Port for health screening in compliance to Covid-19 minimum public health standards.
Payment of P20 environmental fee and P80 entrance fee will also be done at the RoRo Port, he added.
He also said that based on IATF guidelines, the number of tourists to be accepted in a day is 200 persons only.
Caingcoy said that the LGU will be posting advisories on how to get there, fare rates, and other information before the date of the relaunching for information and guidance of tourists. (ldl/rsv/PIA Biliran)