Iloilo, Davao and Siquijor finding ways to boost domestic tourism

Iloilo, Davao and Siquijor finding ways to boost domestic tourism

Various places in the Philippines, Igbaras Iloilo, Davao Region, and Siquijor, find ways to boost their domestic tourism.

With the implementation of proper guidelines and protocols, Tourism and business activities resume in Igbaras, Iloilo.

Executive order Number 04-17 with the subject: "An executive order amending the guidelines and protocol on tourism and business activities in the municipality of Igbaras, Iloilo," was released by Mayor Jaime Esmeralda last Thursday, April 22.

The EO continues: "The Municipality of Igbaras, Iloilo implemented the Zoning Containment Strategy and Community Quarantine last April 7-20, 2021 at selected areas in the municipality to contain the increasing positive cases of COVID-19."

"During the implementation of the strategy, there are certain adjustments in the guidelines and protocols specifically on tourism and business activities were implemented and need to be lifted."

Mountains at Igbaras Iloilo
Photo by Municipality of Igabaras Iloilo

The details of the EO are as follows:

Trekking, hiking, adventure, and other tourism-related activities are allowed provided that they must register at the Tourism Assistance Center and shall strictly observe minimum health protocols and other pertinent requirements.

Inland resorts/ accommodation establishments, eco-tourism sites are allowed only to cater 30% of their capacity. Provided that, they shall strictly observe minimum health standard protocol and provide floor mats soaked in disinfection solution and alcohol at their entrance. The establishment's Guests/Visitors shall be registered, and their body temperature shall be check. Those with influenza-like illnesses such as fever, cough, body malaise, sore throat shall be prohibited from entering the venue.

Eco-Tourism sites are limited with the following number of tourists
a. Nadsadjan Falls- 50 tourists/day
b. Mr. Napulak – 75 tourists/day
c. Brgy. Igcabubao – 75 tourists/day/ destination
d. other destinations – 50 tourists/day

Meanwhile, in the city of Davao, bike tours are being established by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Office and outdoor tourism circuits within the region.

According to the Department of Tourism data, the tourism sector in the region dropped 94% in revenues last year to P3.4 billion from P64.2 billion in 2019.

Related story: DOT's Strategy in Reviving Domestic Tourism

"That is how substantial the drop is in our tourism receipts," Tourism Davao Regional Director Tanya-Rabat Tan said. "And many lost their jobs," she added.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assured that the Department would support the recovery initiatives of the region's tourism industry.

To boost the tourism of Davao, Ms. Tan said they are eyeing a "Japanese Heritage Bike Tour" in Davao City. Tourists can get a glimpse of the region and Japan's long historical ties through the old Japanese houses and other sites throughout the bike tour.

Davao City’s Chinatown
Workers put finishing touches to a pocket park in Davao City’s Chinatown area on 24 January 2020 ahead of the celebration for the Lunar New Year. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

"So that one we will be working closely with the city government of Davao," she said.

Sec. Puyat said they plan to expand the bike tour outside the city for "adventure seekers." She added that "It is the best way to see a place, biking."

The DOT also aims to promote Agri-tourism, which was already starting to develop before the coronavirus pandemic.

In other places, the ongoing Siquijor airport upgrading and rehabilitation project will help boost the tourism in Siquijor once traveling is finally resumed.

Airport upgrading

The Presidential Assistant's office for the Visayas and the Provincial Government of Siquijor paid a visit to the Siquijor Airport on April 22.

The Duterte's Administration allotted P68 million funding for the terminal and P500-million for the runway.

Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa and Congressman Jake Vincent Villa, who were present during the visit, expressed their gratitude for their generous funding.

The new airport is part of the administration's Build, Build, Build Program. In October last year, the passenger terminal building, powerhouse, and the vehicular parking area of the airport were all completed.

The Department of Public Works and Highways Region VII lead the construction of the terminal and runway.

To accommodate bigger planes, the administration provided additional funding of P350 million to widen the runway and another P450 million to extend it equivalent to that of Dumaguete Airport's runway length.

The bidding for the runway extension project will start next month.

Governor and Congressman Villa are optimistic that more tourists will crowd the province once the new airport begins its operation.

Governor Zaldy also revealed that they already made a master plan or urban plan of their province.

Siquijor will receive P1 million for the Masterplan from Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) with their direct coordination with TIEZA Board Member Mark Lapid.

Sources: PanayNews, BusinessWorldOnline, Sunstar

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