Reboot of tourism activities in the Municipalities of Oslob and Moalboal, and the launch of extreme adventure in the Municipality of Barili will be marked with a ceremonial opening set this weekend, July 31 to August 2, 2020.
The relaunch of Oslob’s whaleshark watching will start at 10 am on Friday, July 31 followed by the revival of island-hopping and sardine run in Moalboal on Saturday, August 1. The Barili All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Adventure will be formally opened on Sunday, August 2.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in her virtual presser on Wednesday, July 29, thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for recognizing the need to revive local tourism in an effort to boost the economy.
“Niadtong Lunes nalipay kaayo ko, and I would like to quote our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa iyang State of the Nation Address. Miingon siya, “the tourism and recreation industries, which are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, count on our full support. While we slowly try to put the fun back in our local travels, the national government agencies and LGUs must harmonize their policies to boost tourism [while] ensuring everyone’s well-being,” she said.
Garcia clarified that the Cebu Provincial Government gains nothing from the centralization of the booking portal - discover.cebu.gov.ph – for the tourism activities.
The online booking portal is established to control the number of guests. Payment is done through money transfer services to avoid physical contact. All of these are part of the mandatory health protocols, standards, and guidelines stipulated in her Executive Order 20-A signed on July 23. (Eleanor Valeros)