Quarantine for passengers from China
A 14-day quarantine was ordered by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for passengers arriving from China due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Garcia will issue an executive order to formalize the new directive in the next few days. Two government-owned properties were identified as quarantine areas for affected passengers. Since the facilities can only accommodate 200 people, the local government will look for additional facilities. On the other hand, she will not issue a ban on Chinese nationals from coming to Cebu. Handheld thermal scanners will be used to enhance monitoring and surveillance in all the 16 ports of entry in Cebu .
Quality tourism pushed
Countryside tourism has yet to achieve its full potential especially since travel operators normally offer packages where tourists do not stay in one place for long. Due to this, the provincial government is pushing for quality tourism where visitors can fully experience everything a tourist spot has to offer. Cebu Gov. Garcia is encouraging local resorts to focus on quality rather than quantity. For instance, resorts in Oslob should aim for a few tourists who are willing to spend more during their stay rather than look for hundreds of tourists who only spend a small amount while visiting tourist spots. As such, local resorts should “level up” and come up with better strategies to attract and encourage tourists to stay with them to help the local economy .
Reclassification of coastal villages in Moalboal eyed
Several areas in Moalboal will be reclassified from rural to urban by the Cebu Provincial Government along with other government agencies. The reclassification will reduce the easement zone to 3 meters from the current 20 meters. Among the barangays initially identified for reclassification are Barangay Basdiot, Barangay Saavedra, and Barangay Tuble. Moreover, the plan will allow the local government of Moalboal to regulate the tourism industry in the area.
The provincial government will discuss the matter with the local government of Moalboal, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Environmental Management Bureau. Similarly, the town of Oslob earlier expressed its intention of reclassifying some areas in Barangay Tanawan. The barangay is famous for its whale shark watching activities .
PAL to revive LA-Cebu route
Philippine Airlines (PAL) recently revealed its plan of reviving the nonstop flight between Los Angeles in the United States and Cebu by May. PAL Chief Operating Officer and President Gilbert Sta. Maria said the upcoming service shows the flag carrier’s commitment to building up Cebu as a global aviation hub to major international destinations. Aside from attracting tourists to Cebu, the new flights will allow American tourists to use the hub transit facilities of Cebu for connecting flights to holiday destinations in the Visayas and Mindanao, including Camiguin, Siargao, Boracay, and Coron, among others .
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