April 13, 2024

More often than not, tourists will avoid visiting a place plagued with safety issues no matter how beautiful and economical it is reported to be. It’s only common sense, I guess.
Certainly, this near-sighted Ibaloy writer will think twice and even more times in visiting places, locally or abroad, when my safety and security will be put in jeopardy even if the trip is all expenses paid (nobody has yet offered me a free trip, however, Hi,hi.)
This is especially true if I’m travelling with my family, then most definitely we will never go. When it comes to travel, safety and security, is on top of our list and that of most normal travelers, I’m sure. Of course, there may be those brave (stupid?) few who relish visiting dangerous places for the thrill of it, I surmise. Well, my family and I are not among those adrenaline junkies or thrill-seekers. Just riding a plane is thrilling enough for me who is terrified of flying. I believe that if God wanted humans to fly, He would have given us wings. Just saying.
So, I guess one surefire way to attract more tourists to our enchanting archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos is to assure them that they (including their valuables) are safe and secure when they are here enjoying our world-class beaches, diving sites, and much more.
A reputation of being a safe and secure haven not only for its citizens but also visitors, will surely bolster and give credence to our “Love the Philippines” tourism logo. The most ideal, of course, is to get rid of all greedy political dynasties who have plundered our beloved country since time immemorial. Sadly, however, this seems to be an impossible dream.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.