PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN — Division of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat helps the choice of Puerto Princesa City (PPC) executives to reopen its points of interest to extra home vacationers with minimal well being and security requirements in place.
“We’re eager to find and develop different tourism merchandise to encourage guests to remain longer or to entice repeat visits. Now we have nice confidence within the metropolis’s future as there’s huge potential to additional develop its nature-based, farm, and solar and seashore tourism merchandise,” the tourism chief mentioned.
On 01 March, PPC reopened to home vacationers per metropolis Decision 29. Vacationers are required to take the RT-PCR take a look at earlier than journey with 48 hours validity. The detrimental take a look at end result must be emailed immediately by the Division of Well being (DOH)-accredited testing facility to the Metropolis’s Incident Administration Staff (IMT). Additionally required is a confirmed reserving from a DOT-accredited lodging institution and journey company for guided excursions. The usage of the StaySafe.ph system as a contact tracing software is likewise necessary.
Puyat assured that tourism frontliners will likely be included within the vaccination precedence, notably the quarantine lodge staff. The DOT will proceed to supply technical help on product growth, advertising and marketing, and promotions and conduct abilities coaching packages.
The DOT may also proceed setting the seal on the well being and security protocols in the entire tourism worth chain in PPC, together with lodging institutions, eating places, and vacationer websites. As of 15 February, DOT Area 4B has accredited 73 tourism institutions and repair suppliers within the metropolis, the vast majority of that are tour guides.
The tourism chief added that the DOT and the Division of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have aided displaced tourism staff by means of the Money Help Program, as mandated below the Bayanihan 2. As of 02 March, the DOT Area 4B has endorsed 20,621 members/ staff within the area so far.
“6,846 staff in Palawan have obtained help amounting to P34,230,000 by means of this system. We’re hopeful that extra Palaweños can profit from this system. Now we have a number of beneficiaries right here with us at the moment; thanks for the belief you’ve got positioned within the DOT as we proceed to hunt methods to assist everybody by means of this troublesome time,” Puyat enthused.
Identified for its UNESCO World Heritage website Underground River, PPC shares 50 % of the vacationer arrivals in Palawan and within the area, making it the most important contributor to its financial development. In 2020, Palawan logged a partial variety of 157,051 vacationer arrivals, 71,889 of which had been visits to PPC.
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