DOT urges ‘quarantine hotels’ to ensure proper, prompt food service

Published August 3, 2020, 4:10 PM

by Hanah Tabios

An official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is reiterating its call for all establishments in Metro Manila operating as quarantine facilities to ensure timeliness of food distribution among returning migrant workers and frontliners.

Woodrow Maquiling Jr., regional director of DOT-National Capital Region (NCR), stressed this after receiving a complaint that a particular establishment had been providing poor food provisions, inasmuch as they are often tardy in its delivery, going about serving inadequate portions. 

Maquiling did not provide other details but in a text message sent to the Manila Bulletin, he made clear the tourism department cannot be complacent about the matter even if it was just an isolated case.

“We have one common goal here, and that is to make our guests’ quarantine requirement more pleasant and bearable,” he said.  

Since the lockdown, the hotel industry has been assisting in the repatriation efforts of the national government, allowing for temporary shelters for locally stranded individuals, healthcare workers and employees of Business Process and Outsourcing (BPO) companies, something the DOT acknowledges.