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GOV PUSHES FOR INTER-PROVINCE TOURISM  
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, July 28, 2020
In a chat show hosted by DTI 7, Gov. Gwen Garcia suggested an inter-province tourism to help jumpstart the economy in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor provinces. (Screenshot from DTI 7)

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has suggested of an inter-province tourism to help jumpstart the economy in Central Visayas. 

She made the suggestion in a virtual meeting with fellow governors in the region via Department of Trade and Industry 7’s “Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SMSEs) Ready to Recover” chat show last Friday, July 24.

In presenting her recovery plan for SMSEs, Garcia mentioned of the resuscitation of the tourism industry as it is a key economic driver in Cebu Province. She signed Executive Order 20-A on July 23 outlining the mandatory health protocols and guidelines on the operations of tourism-related activities under a new normal way of life.

“Kadaghanan sa atong mga lungsod, turismo man gyud ang key economy driver which supports several SMSEs especially the micro. Kauban si ASec. Caberte (DTI Assistant Secretary Asteria Caberte) ug naadto gyud nato ang mga lungsod nga naka-focus on tourism. ASec. Caberte has a very good idea especially on our micro enterprises in the preparation of souvenir items, as well as the refillable tumblers that we will be requiring our guests,” she expressed.

“Nakasugod na sad ta sa third district gi-encourage ang mga gagmay nga magpapatigayon to submit their proposal aron matabangan in cash or in kind to a certain extent aron sila makasugod sa ilang mga negosyo. I hope to partner with the DTI so this will be adopted in the six other districts,” the governor added.

In the Philippines, SMSEs are defined as any enterprise with 10 to 199 employees and/or assets valued from P3 million to P100 million. 

Garcia said that it is possible to explore other ports in the Province of Cebu as a gateway for tourists. Resumption of passenger shipping operations is expected in zones under Modified General Community Quarantine.

A travel corridor from MGCQ to MGCQ zones will be established to ensure the strict implementation of public health safety standards and protocols. 

Governor Zaldy Villa of Siquijor offered to host a meeting among Governor Garcia, Governor Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental, and Bohol Governor Arthur Yap next month. 

A task force on Enhanced Countryside Development is already created in the Province of Cebu which encourages businessmen in the city to go back to the Province to plant corn, root crops, and other farm products to make Cebu self-sustaining in terms of food production. (Eleanor Valeros)