Manila, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Commerce and Business Secretary Ramon M. Lopez led the inspection of chosen resorts and eating places within the Ortigas Middle on Wednesday (July 1) to verify compliance with well being and security protocols underneath Metro Manila’s Basic Neighborhood Quarantine (GCQ) tips.
Puyat mentioned she was inspired by what she noticed among the many institutions inspected, that included the Marco Polo Hotel and Go Hotels in Ortigas, and several other eating places in SM Megamall.
“All of us underwent the usual protocols prescribed within the tips, just like the filling out of well being declaration varieties and the temperature checks earlier than coming into the institutions. I commend the collective efforts of our stakeholders to abide by the prescribed well being and security tips. It is vital for us to maintain these efforts as they are going to affect how we rebuild shopper belief and regain vacationer confidence within the Philippines,” Puyat mentioned.
“It was additionally inspiring to expertise how institutions have stepped as much as hold our model of Filipino hospitality — even behind facemasks and bodily distancing – whereas we’re nonetheless within the midst of this pandemic,” she added.
The Division of Tourism (DOT) had issued “new regular” well being and security tips for resorts in accordance with the minimal public well being requirements set by the Division of Well being (DOH). These requirements cowl the kitchens, meals and beverage service, sanitation and disinfection, visitor dealing with, reception and concierge, rooms, housekeeping, public areas, and transportation.
The DOT additionally issued separate tips for dine-in operations of accredited eating places following the adoption of the joint suggestion of the DOT and DTI by the Inter-Company Job Power on the Administration of Rising Infectious Illnesses (IATF-EID).
The inspection is a part of the continued compliance audit carried out by the DOT’s NCR workplace.
As much as June 25, the NCR workplace of the DOT had carried out 243 inspection excursions on resorts and eating places within the area.
There are actually 336 DOT-accredited resorts within the NCR area, or a 90% p.c improve from the 177 that was recorded final 12 months. Though eating places should not mandated by regulation to be accredited by the DOT, a 70% improve in accreditation has been recorded with a complete of 133 eating places accredited to date this 12 months in contrast with 78 in 2019.
Puyat mentioned she hoped that by the DOT’s continued cooperation with authorities companies like DTI and personal stakeholders, the post-audit mechanism for tourism institutions could be repeatedly improved.
Pasig Consultant Roman Romulo, Mayor Vico Sotto, and Mandaluyong Mayor Menchie Abalos additionally joined Secretary Puyat and Secretary Lopez through the inspection go to.