US lowers travel alert in 4 Mindanao areas

THE United States has downgraded its travel alert for four major travel destinations in Mindanao – Davao City, Davao del Norte, Siargao Island, and the Dinagat Islands.

The State Department updated its travel advisory for the Philippines on May 16, lowering it from 3 (reconsider travel) to 2 (exercise increased caution) the alert level in the four areas.

The update also reflected the rescinding of the “state of national emergency” in Mindanao.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. lifted the “state of national emergency” in the region last July 2023 through his Proclamation No. 298.

The document repealed then President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 55, which was issued in 2016 following an explosion in Davao City at that time.

“Through successful focused military and law enforcement operations and programs that promote sustainable and inclusive peace, the government has made significant gains in improving and restoring peace and order in the region,” Proclamation No. 298 read. (PNA)