By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Excursion activities in the town of Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB) in Negros Occidental resumed on Monday, April 26, after a one-week moratorium in the acceptance of tourists expires.
In a radio program hosted by Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer over Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod, Don Salvador Benedicto Mayor Marxlene Dela Cruz said activities such as swimming, camping, trainings, rides, seminars, camping, and hiking are allowed to resume.
Dela Cruz explained he had to declare a one-week travel moratorium in the town in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 transmissions.
Don Salvador Benedicto is the only local government unit in the province to maintain a zero COVID-19 transmission in the past few weeks even though Negros Occidental was experiencing a second wave in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dela Cruz said the reason for the town’s success may be due to factors such as the local residents fully cooperating with authorities by practicing proper health protocols.
Another reason for the zero COVID-19 cases are also pointed to the limited gatherings in town, pointing out the town only has one market day a week, and every barangay has its own market day schedule./DGB, WDJ