Manila, Oct. 14 -- Batangas is now permitted to accept guests for recreational diving, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced Wednesday.

"Dive establishments in Batangas Province, insofar as the area is still under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), are hereby determined to be permitted to accept guests for Recreational Diving, taking into consideration the general preparedness of the area and its impact on the tourism industry," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

Puyat, also sitting as chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD), signed the guidelines on the operations of dive establishments under a community quarantine.

This, after the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases ...