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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, July 16, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia encouraged Badian canyoneering operators to have their guides enrolled in the Philippine Health Insurance System (Philhealth) as one of the protection measures against Covid-19. (Junjie Mendoza)

Badian canyoneering guides’ enrollment to the Philippine Health Insurance System (Philhealth) is highly urged in the Tourism Stakeholders Meeting held in the town today, July 16.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia called on canyoneering operators to have around 600 guides enlisted to Philhealth as one of the protection measures against Covid-19.

She reiterated that since we have to live with the reality of Covid-19, it is right to have the tourist guides insured especially that they are more exposed to different people.

"Dili man gud pwede nang zero Covid. Just like dengue ug TB (tuberculosis), dawaton nato nga naa na gyud ning Covid. Naay (Philhealth) package worth P200,000; gani duna ko'y nahibaw-an nga P1,800 na lang ang iyang nabayran," Garcia told operators. 

Operators such as the Association of Kawasan Canyoneering Operators of Badian headed by Gerry Duque are set to gather the consensus of their members to be able to act promptly on the recommendation.

On the other hand, two new ambulances will be purchased by the local government of Badian with one unit allotted to cater to the request of operators for their emergency response team.

Badian Mayor Carmencita Librando-Lumain confirmed that bidding for the new vehicles is on the process.

Badian Tourism Officer Donald Villarin also said that they are not co-managing canyoneering with Alegria town which it shares borders with. Canlaob River of Alegria now prominent for canyoneering pours out into Kawasan Falls of Badian.

"Dili lang mi anang co-management kay wala man sad mi mogawas sa among area. Ang among canyoneering ug zipline naa ra gyud ni tanan sa Badian. Sa hiking pud, we have Badian Highlands. Naa ra ni sa sulod sa among area so mas dali para namo pag-implement ang new normal health protocols and guidelines," Villarin said. (Eleanor Valeros)