DoT eyes Manila Bay carrying capacity

Published September 23, 2020, 5:58 PM

by Hanah Tabios

The Department of Tourism (DoT) is looking at implementing carrying capacity in the now rehabilitated Manila Bay after throngs of visitors took the opportunity to visit the “white sand” project over the weekend.


The partial reopening later caused crowding along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, thus, risking physical distancing protocols.

Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said in Wednesday’s “Laging Handa” public briefing that the incident is a manifestation of Filipinos’ desire to travel after being locked up to their homes, but he reminded the visitors to strictly adhere to the health and safety guidelines so as not to hamper the revival of the country’s domestic tourism.

“We need to practice the health and safety guidelines and we will also look at [implementing] carrying capacity in Manila Bay,” he said in Filipino.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso reiterated his support for the project, citing that it could boost tourism and business in the Philippine capital city.

But Bengzon said the success of domestic tourism especially in the new normal scenario will also depend on the cooperation of visitors to the guidelines imposed.

The DoT said even with the reopening of tourist destinations, they will be incorporating the “slow but sure” approach to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.