Sumilon Island tourist spots ready for re-opening

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2018 07:31 PM

OSLOB, Cebu - In less than a day, the dive site and sand bar of Sumilon Island in Oslob, Cebu will open its doors again to tourists and patrons. 

The local government closed the island for a week to give way for an intense clean-up operation and rehabilitation.

On Monday, a day before the island's reopening, members of the Bangcogon Oslob Fishermen Association (BOFA) made last-minute cleaning along the picnic area. 

They were also in the middle of making a new fence so those who are not guests of the only resort operating on the island will stay outside the perimeter. 

BOFA personnel also prepared for the surge of tourists tomorrow. An entrance fee of P50 per person will be collected.

Tourism officer Elizabeth Benologa said they have agreed to put up regulations around the island. Pump-boat operators will have to ensure that only 522 guests or less will enter the public areas of the island. Their visit will also be limited to 2 to 3 hours.

They also agreed to close this part of the island every third Wednesday of the month to maintain the cleanliness of the island. 

"We have to be serious if we want to have a progressive tourism or else nature will take it back from us," Benologa said in Cebuano.

Managers of the resort continue to express their support to the local government.

Up next on the list of the local government is the Tumalog Falls, which will also be closed for three days next week for clean-up and rehabilitation.