Cebu province eyes revival of tourism activities

Published July 2, 2020, 2:26 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—The Cebu provincial government is eyeing to revive its tourism activities now that most areas are already under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia (Cong. Gwen Garcia Facebook page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The province’s tourism industry was badly hit when quarantine protocols were enforced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Workers were displaced when resorts and accommodation establishments temporarily stopped their operations.

“We will focus now on the resumption of tourism in many of our towns such as whale watching, canyoneering, thresher shark watching, and a lot of other tourism-related activities,” said Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia in a press briefing attended by key officials of the National Inter-Agency Task Force last Wednesday.

Garcia said the resumption of tourism activities is subject to ”very, very strict health protocols.”

The province will coordinate with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Health in crafting guidelines and protocols that will be implemented in the province’s tourist destinations.

Aside from tourism, the province will also focus on countryside development to boost agricultural production.

Cebu province has been downgraded to MGCQ except for Talisay City and the towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion, which remain under General Community Quarantine.