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Rizal tourism steadily recovering from the pandemic

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal (PIA)-- Rizal Vice Governor Reynaldo "Junrey" San Juan Jr. says that tourism in the province is trending upward following government measures against COVID-19.

Vice Governor says in the November 29 episode of Network Briefing News hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary JV Arcena that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the province is 9th nationwide in terms of tourism.

Due to the recent downgrade to Alert Level 2, Vice Governor San Juan states that tourism establishments are slowly getting back on track while following IATF protocols.

"Last year we have already started our recovery and readiness plan in coordination with our local tourism offices to prepare the tourism spots as soon as restrictions ease down," says Vice Governor San Juan.

"Now we can even observe an influx of motorists and bikers in our province usually in the Antipolo City and Marilaque Highway areas," says Gov. San Juan.

Rizal Province, adjacent to the National Capital Region, has various tourism destinations focusing on Faith, Food, Art, Adventure and Nature.

Vice Governor San Juan reminds locals and visitors alike however to get vaccinated and observe health protocols as the pandemic is ongoing despite a drastic decrease in COVID-19 cases.

Local inoculation & National vaccination days

Rizal Province recently initiated pediatric vaccinations for children ages 12-17 starting October 26 and has inoculated 133,000 youth since.

Vice Governor San Juan states that numbers for booster shots still remain relatively low since boosters may only be taken six months after the completed doses.

The Rizal Provincial Government continuously thanks the national government for its support during the pandemic such as its requests for additional vaccine allotments.

"Rest assured that the national government's support shall not be in vain," he adds.

The ongoing National Vaccination Days from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 will highlight a launching ceremony in SM City Masinag in Antipolo City where President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to attend. (GG/PIA-Rizal)

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