Department of Tourism To Jumpstart Domestic Tourism Under Stricter Protocols With IATF and LGUS

Manila, Philippines — With Metro Manila now placed under modified enhanced community quarantine and the majority of the other places in the country under general community quarantine or GCQ, the DOT, together with the Inter-Agency Taskforce on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and several local government units (LGU), are preparing for the revival and re-opening of tourism in the Philippines once our places are classified under the modified GCQ (MGCQ).

Cebu Pacific Stowing in overhead bins

Secretary Puyat made the statement during the Hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole on the Impact of COVID 19, in which she presented a situationer on the country’s tourism industry and elaborated on the response measures undertaken by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.

“It is important that we embrace the new normal and equip our industry stakeholders with the appropriate tools and knowledge to recover and succeed in the post-lockdown era.”, said Secretary Puyat during the hearing.

Department of Tourism To Jumpstart Domestic Tourism Under Stricter Protocols With IATF and LGUS
Department of Tourism To Jumpstart Domestic Tourism Under Stricter Protocols With IATF and LGUS

The DOT believes that this initiative will help provide livelihoods and generate jobs for Filipinos in these identified areas where tourism is their primary source of revenue. Furthermore, the DOT believes that the early preparation will help the tourism sector transition properly and safely once travel restrictions have been lifted and domestic travel will resume for all areas.

The DOT will identify these destinations based on places that highly depend on tourism for their local economy, will be under the MGCQ classification, and are a relatively smaller destination where activities can be contained and better managed.

As to who are able to visit these destinations, the DOT is currently targeting residents from nearby places that are already placed under GCQ. Visiting tourists will follow LGU Issuances on strict entry guidelines.

“The safety and well-being of both tourists and residents alike has always been the priority of the DOT. In our Tourism Response and Recovery Plan (TRRP), we have prepared initial safety plans and protocols for travelers and tourism enterprises for the new normal in travel following the community quarantine.”, said Puyat

GTR Guest Service Agents wearing Personal Protective Equipment on duty at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (klia2) in Kuala Lumpur.
GTR Guest Service Agents wearing Personal Protective Equipment on duty at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (klia2) in Kuala Lumpur.

The TRRP was made in close coordination with the respective national agencies and private sector tourism stakeholders through the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP). This includes priority programs and activities in support for the Philippine tourism industry, particularly for business owners and laborers.

Contactless Flights - Cebu Pacific Check-in Physical Distancing
Contactless Flights – Cebu Pacific Check-in Physical Distancing

Some safety measures defined in the plan are:

1. Regular sanitation and disinfection of accommodation (hotels, resorts, etc.), tourist transport services, and tourism-related establishments such as meeting and exhibit venues, restaurants, spas, and the like.

2. Provision of sanitation/ disinfecting devices, including PPEs, for our tourism workers.

3. Regular inspections of tourism establishments that will involve relevant agencies in relation to health and safety standards such as the DOH.

4. Implementation of physical distancing measures for tourist transportation and limiting the customer capacity of accommodation and tourism-related enterprises.

In 2018, the tourism industry made up 12.7% of the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) and provided 5.4 million jobs for Filipinos. Last year, the tourism industry achieved a new milestone of 8.26 million foreign tourists.

For the first four months of 2020, the DOT recorded a 54.02 % decrease in foreign arrivals.

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