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CAPITOL CREATES PROV’L TOURISM TASK FORCE
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Cebu Provincial Government created a Provincial Tourism Task Force to monitor compliance of the agreed protocols, standards, and guidelines specific to tourism-related activities to be observed by all persons within the Province of Cebu under a Modified General Community Quarantine risk classification.

Executive Order No. 20-B, signed by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on July 23, directs the creation of the task force with Garcia as chairperson, and the regional directors of the departments of Tourism and Trade and Industry as vice chairpersons.

Members include the regional directors of the departments of Health, Environment and Natural Resources, and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina); commander of the Philippine Coast Guard District, provincial director of the Philippine National Police (Cebu), and the group commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command in Task Group Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.

The members of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force may appoint and authorize a representative.

The task force is expected to monitor and ensure compliance by accredited establishments with the protocols and guidelines mandated under Executive Order No. 20-A. 

It will also monitor and manage the centralized online booking portal for tourism packages (http://discover.cebu.gov.ph), and ensure strict compliance with the minimum health standards prescribed by the DOH.

The task force will also monitor and evaluate services being rendered by the workforce of accredited establishments, determine the readiness of establishment and the local government unit having jurisdiction over the tourist destinations for the opening of the tourism activity.

A certificate on the readiness of the establishment to open and launch the tourism activity shall be issued by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force, ensuring that tourism-related activities are carried out in a peaceful and safe manner. 

Further, the task force will supervise and monitor the cleanup and maintenance of the tourism activity area on the day set aside by establishments and tourism activity operators; provide technical assistance to micro, small, and medium enterprises specifically for establishments in the tourism industry; and perform other functions necessary for the implementation of EO No. 20-A. (Eleanor Valeros)