Cover The historical Magellan's cross in Cebu City (Photo: DOT)

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is encouraging everyone to travel to areas such as Cebu and Pampanga, where a majority of tourism workers have already been vaccinated

Don't you miss travelling? Well, now is the perfect time to do so. As cases continue to fall, and as the holidays draw near, people have started to come out of their homes once more—this time, itching to go about and travel the country. But despite the optimistic statistics concerning COVID-19 cases in the country, it's important to maintain the mindset of "safety first".

Fortunately, travel finds a sweet compromise as the Department of Tourism (DOT) ramps up its efforts to encourage families and friends to see more of our archipelagic nation. It's set out to promote the various tourism circuits that it has developed, one of which is the Pampanga-Clark-Cebu interregional tour. Fusing together a diverse set of hotspots, this circuit is bound to remind us all of the rich heritage our nation treasures. 

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"We have been ramping up our efforts to vaccinate our tourism workers so that we restore confidence in people to travel again," said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. "Now, with the resumption of leisure travel, we are encouraging tourists to visit destinations that have a high number of full vaccinated tourism workers." 

This includes Pampanga and Clark Freeport Zone, where 92.08 per cent of tourism workers have already been inoculated. Here, travellers can visit the historical Bacolor Church, or spend time in nature at Mt. Arayat National Park and Diaspora Farm Resort. The Lubao Bamboo Hub, the Clark Natural Park, Dinosaur Island, and Clark Museum are also popular options for families and groups. 

In Metro Cebu, 93.74 per cent of tourism workers have already been vaccinated. As such, people can safely explore the beautiful sites of Cebu Heritage Monument, Museo Sugbo, Adlawon Farm, Sirao Flower Garden, and of course, Magellan's Cross.

The Tourism agency's itinerary of sites highlights many alternative getaways that Filipinos can take advantage of, and allows them the chance to utilise the Clark International Airport and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Current available Cebu-Clark-Cebu flights are serviced by Philippine Airlines every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, while Cebu Pacific takes over on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more updates about open destinations in the Philippines and the safety protocols and requirements needed for each location, you may is it or download the Travel Philippines app at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.


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