The Cebu Provincial Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said that an executive order would soon be released, states that all domestic tourists are allowed to enter Cebu with only a qualified medical certificate.
Garcia said that for Cebu to revive its economy, its tourism industry should open its doors. And one way to encourage the tourist to come to Cebu is to remove the inconveniences that will pose to the travelers.
Furthermore, the COVID-19 situation is well manageable, and health protocols are established in the right places needed for responding to the outbreak. According to Garcia, Cebu managed to move forward amidst the pandemic.
Friday, February 18, 2021, Garcia met with various tourism stakeholders, including the hotels, resorts, tour companies, and airline companies. All agreed to provide and allow an easier way for tourists to enter Cebu. One way to slowly uplift its economy.
“Kinahanglan ablihan na ang Cebu to domestic tourism. I will be releasing an Executive Order (EO) next week nga ang requirements nalang para makasulod sa Probinsya sa Sugbo kay valid medical certificate,” said the governor.
(Cebu's domestic tourism needs to open right now. I will be releasing an Executive Order (EO) next week that the only requirements needed to enter the Province are a valid medical certificate)
The executive order contains protocols needed to be followed by the tourists, such as the booking of their airline or shipping ticket up to their arrival in Cebu this includes their stay and departure from the province. She said that the requirements are applicable in any part of the province of Cebu.
Also, touring companies and airline companies plans to launch promos for domestic tourist, which they can avail for their stay and their tour in Cebu. This was in preparation for many Filipinos not yet willing to spend a lot for their trips after what the coronavirus had done financially to them last 2020.
On the other hand, tourists are concerned that though Cebu might have relaxed their travel requirements, their province might still require more restrictions such as a 14-day quarantine upon their return.
The governor of Cebu hoped that once Cebu opens its doors to tourists, other provinces should show their support by also relaxing their restrictions once their residents should return home.