The Department of Tourism (DOT) reiterated that local government units (LGU) should remain vigilant against health protocol violators and reminded that DOT regional offices must work closely with the LGUs to secure that establishments country observe the health and safety protocols.
The department expressed dismay and "grave concern" over hotels and resorts that fail to follow the restrictions.
A resort in the Toril District in Davao City violated the liquor ban as it served liquors to guests and exceeded the limit of 25 people capacity imposed by the LGU as it hosted 60 guests in their establishment, the agency reported.
The DOT didn't identify the establishment but noted it was also supposed to be closed due to lack of a business permit.
"The DOT calls on our local tourism offices and the LGUs to continue to be vigilant in monitoring our tourism establishments as it notes with grave concern and dismay, that some tourism establishments continue to violate the health and safety protocols established by the national government to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country," the agency said in a statement.
The Davao City Tourism office already took measures against the erring resort as the DOT commend them for their "quick actions."
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat emphasized the importance of close engagement between the DOT and LGUs to ensure that accommodation establishments across the country observe the health and safety protocols.
She added that the only way to hasten the revival and survival of the tourism industry in the Philippines is by strictly enforcing health protocols.
Sources: PNA, PhilStar