BALER, Aurora –Some 2,000 tourists in this capital town of Aurora moved out Saturday afternoon to ensure their safety as typhoon Karen continues to move closer towards the province.
Town tourism officer Riza P. del Rosario, during a briefing at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said that local and foreign tourists were advised to leave and cut their reservation in all hotels and transient houses due to threat of typhoon ‘Karen’.
Del Rosario said that there are 156 hotels, inns, transients in this capital town.
The MDRRMO confirmed that the tourists were advised to check-out until 6 p.m. to all members of Aurora Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Owners Association (AHRROA).
Despite the confirmation, MDRRMO head Gabriel Llave, together with del Rosario, personnel from the 56th Infantry (Tatag) Battalion Philippine Army and Baler Police Station personally visited hotels, restaurants, transients along Sabang beach to strictly enforce their mandate to undertake force evacuation to tourists who are still there.
Baler is known as one of the country’s top surfing destinations.
It is 230 kilometers (143 miles) northeast of Manila and accessible to any types of land transportation.
It is a second-class municipality with a population of 38,102 population based on the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) statistics as of December 2014. PNA-northboundasia.com