CEBU CITY, Philippines — More tourist attractions in Cebu province are reopening after the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai).
Badian local government recently announced that they will reopen two of their popular tourist destinations within the month.
Badian Mayor Carmencita Lumain has issued two Executive Orders (EO) officially declaring the reopening of Lambug Beach and Canyoning at Kawasan Falls.
Copies of Lumain’s EOs were posted on social media by the city government’s tourism office.
Based on EO #2 dated February 11, 2022, the Mayor will allow canyoning activities to resume at the famous Kawasan Falls from February 21.
For Lambug Beach, on the other hand, it will be this February 25th as stated on EO #3 signed on February 14th.
Before deciding to reopen these tourist attractions to the public, the local government also said several safety assessments were conducted in coordination with the Cebu Provincial Office of Disaster Risk Mitigation and Management (PDRRMO) last January.
The municipality of Badian ordered the temporary closure of some of its famous tourist attractions last December to pave the way for reconstruction after the destruction left by Odette.
While the evacuation work was already complete, the devastation of the typhoon prompted authorities to issue several regulations and restrictions for the safety of future guests.
In Lambug Beach, nearby resorts and landowners have been directed not to construct any buildings within the identified 40-meter easement zone.
A temporary exit has been established for the Kawasan Falls on the Kabukalan Spring-Sulsogan Access Road. In addition, tourists “have the opportunity to continue the adventure downstream only in Kawasan Falls Level 2”.
Badian was one of the cities in southern Cebu that took the brunt of Typhoon Odette.
As a result, some of its popular attractions such as Kawasan Falls and Lambug Beach were damaged. It also took several weeks for authorities to remove them and clear them of the typhoon’s debris.
Badian is a fourth-class community located approximately 103 kilometers southwest of Cebu City.
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