The seaside community of Badjao, in the municipality of Hadji Panglima Tahil, Sulu Province (Photo: Gagandilan Mindanao Women, Inc.)
BANGUINGUI, Sulu — Amid the continuing spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country, the municipal government here started to partially open several tourism sites and destinations — including the island where turtles lay their eggs.
In a statement, Banguingui Mayor Whajid Sahidulla said that the local government, in coordination with the local tourism office, agreed to open about 50 percent of their tourism destinations.
He added that opening the tourism sites here will help boost the local economy that was adversely affected by the pandemic.
“We have seven island barangays here and all have their owned tourism site and attraction, like the long strength of white sand beach,” Sahidulla said.
“We can also showcase to our visitors the island where they can see a real and alive turtles laying their eggs in the sand,” he added.
The mayor noted that the town also has diving sites, adding that the town has already hosted many foreigners — most of them are bird watchers as the town is also hosting many breeds of the Philippine Eagles and other endangered species of birds, including migratory birds.
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