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DOT lauds ‘very timely’ reopening of historical sites, museums as Independence Day nears

/ 04:13 PM June 11, 2021
Mt Samat Shrine

The Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor is one of the major tourism sites in Bataan province. (Photo by Greg Refraccion)

MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Friday lauded the “very timely” approval of reopening the historical sites and museums in NCR Plus ahead of the 123rd Philippine Independence Day.

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The reopening was announced Friday, a day before the Independence day on June 12, with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) allowing a 20 percent operation on the region which covers Metro Manila and the neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna, that is currently under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions.

“This good news is very timely as it coincides with our observance of Independence Day,” Puyat said in a statement. “The historical sites and museums remind us of our rich culture and history and of the heroism of those who fought for our freedom.”

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“Revisiting our past brings us closer together as a people and draws us closer to a future free of the perils and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic,” she added.

However, the Department of Tourism said details are still few and the exact date of re-opening is not yet known.

Last month, IATF allowed the operation of outdoor tourist attractions, also on a limited capacity.

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