December 2, 2023

MAYOYAO, Ifugao – The local government has opened its tourist sites for residents only.
Mayor Jimmy Padchanan, Jr. issued Executive Order 2021-12 reopening the tourist sites effective March 15 until April 15.
The municipality’s tourist sites are the Tenogtog and A’Pfaw Mahencha Waterfalls, Mayoyao Museum, Mt. Nagchajan View Deck and the Khohang Garden and View Deck. 
The town also boasts of Mt. Nagchajan of Mayoyao, which is enlisted as a World War II Memorial site by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines and honored during the town festival called Lenong, which means peace.
Residents interested to visit the tourist sites must pre-book and register with the Municipal Tourism Office (MTO) at least three days before the planned visit. They shall be briefed upon registration.
Entrance fees and other charges shall be collected from the visitors and paid to the Municipal Treasury Office upon registration.     
The LGU adopts the National Inter-Agency Task Force-Department of Health guidelines for all the visitors and staff assigned at the tourist spots that include physical distancing, wearing of mask and shield, hand washing, and observance of cough etiquette.
Only 50 percent of the estimated capacity of each of the sites is allowed at a time to avoid overcrowding to ensure physical distancing.
To comply with the guidelines, the A’Pfaw Mancha Waterfall has four cottages while the Tenogtog Waterfall has 11 cottages, with only five persons are allowed in each hut.
Those who want to visit the waterfall are allowed only until noon.
The Mayoyao Museum, on the other hand, allows 10 individuals at a time with a maximum of one hour stay. 
In April 2020, Padchanan issued EO 17 that barred the entry of local and foreign tourists in the municipality as a preventive measure from spread of the Covid-19. – Dan B. Codamon