More than PHP3.1 billion was provided to tourism workers to support the battered travel and recreation industries
According to Philippine News Agency, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has assured that the tourism industry will continue to undertake all possible paths to recovery and accelerate the return of safe travels.
Romulo-Puyat said that the situation has slightly improved compared to the first half of 2020 when all travels halted.
“First of all, we were able to restart travel. There was the Bayanihan 2, as well as a PHP6 billion loan that is four years to pay, has zero interest, zero collateral, and a two-year grace period for repayment,” she said.
At least PHP3.1 billion in assistance were also provided to tourism workers to extend full support to the heavily impacted travel and recreation industries.
While the Department of Tourism (DOT) will continue to promote a “fun” Philippines, the department would also position the country as a “safe and competitive” destination moving forward.
Moreover, the government will continue to champion sustainable and responsible tourism in destinations.
The Save Our Spots (SOS) campaign aims to launch training programs and webinars that encourage tourism stakeholders to reduce plastic usage and inspire guests to participate.
The DOT also urges business owners to operate more environmentally friendly by revising the accreditation standards for hotels and resorts to incorporate environmental indicators in its star rating system.
Boracay Island was closed to address its problem of poor waste management and over-tourism. The island is now repositioning itself as a prime “sustainable” destination in the country – a “place of healing”.
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