Panglao re-opens 4 tourism-related industries
TAGBILARAN CITY, June 23 (PIA) — The municipality of Panglao re-opened four of its tourism industries under the new normal on June 21, 2020 as the province continues to manage the local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis .
Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero led the ceremonial turn-over to Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap of the four booklets which hold all the guidelines in the operation of the four different sectors of the tourism industry such as accommodation establishments, land and water tourism transport, dine-in restaurants, and tourism-related activities.
Mortero, in her speech, assured that what they are doing are within the boundaries of the regulations set by Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
“As your servant leader, let me and my administration assure you that what we are doing here is within the boundaries of the regulations set by the IATF-EID. This governmental task force issued resolution number 43 last June 3, 2020, which provides that Accommodation Establishments such as, but not limited to, hotels, resorts, apartment hotels, tourist inns, motels, pension houses, private homes used for a homestay, ecolodges, serviced apartments, condotels, and bread and breakfast facilities and other tourism-related businesses and activities may now gradually open as long as they follow the strict health protocols provided,” Montero said.
Yap noted that in Bohol, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and the local tourism industry have fueled the province’s income, consumption, and economic development and progress.
Agriculture also provides the province with income.
“Presently, OFW remittances and the local tourism industry are vital factors to Bohol’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and Bohol must put its acts together in terms of responding to balance the economy and safe and healthy people,” Yap said.
According to the governor, these two sectors are critical in any industry that Bohol wants to sustain.
Minimum health standards about cleanliness, hygiene, space, and about time.
“Re-opening Panglao to tourism gives us time to think about our easements. It gives us time to think about our environment which is the most fundamental resource of our tourism – our seas, our water, our forest cover, our vegetation,” Yap said.
The short program was concluded with the quick site tour of Montero and Yap in the newly-built Panglao Tourism Office and proceeded to the shorelines of Alona Beach Resort where they conducted an ocular inspection. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)