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No need to close government-run enterprises, tourism facilities amid COVID-19

Koronadal City—There is no need to close government-run enterprises and tourism facilities in South Cotabato, despite the impending threat of COVID 19, South Cotabato Economic, Enterprise Management Officer-in-Charge Marlyn Almaden said.

“We will post a notice in every government-owned stall and tourism facility about the precautionary measures and guidelines against the spread of the virus,” Almaden said.

Governor Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. released an executive order stating that public places such as resorts, restaurants, banks, hotels, hospitals, places of worship, government offices, schools, malls, markets, transportation hubs, and recreational areas are advised to conduct daily disinfectant protocols, particularly for frequently used surfaces.

Starting yesterday, Provincial Security Guards, who are posted at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center and the Sports Complex, are armed with an alcohol spray bottle ready to disinfect guests when entering the government premises.

“All the activities booked at the Gym this week were now canceled,” Almaden pointed out, stressing that the provincial government is encouraging them to refrain the conduct of mass gathering to eliminate the spread of the virus.

The Provincial Government refunded the organizer’s down payment. Based on the terms and conditions, the organizer is required to pay 50 percent of the rental, Almaden said.

Two booked events at the gym were canceled.

One of the events was a Mindanao-wide activity, which was expecting 5, 000 participants.

Meanwhile, South Cotabato’s top tourist destination Seven Falls Zip Line is open, Almaden confirmed.

“There is a waiver to those who wanted to ride the zip line. It is still up to the tourists to visit the area at this time, she pointed out.


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