December 6, 2022

The City Tourism Operations Office has encouraged people to report tourism establishments violating entry and health and safety protocols to their office through 446-2009.

Tourism Operations Officer Aloysius Mapalo said following the city’s reopening to leisure travels subject to requirements and restrictions, his office received reports on some unregistered accommodation establishments illegally accommodating tourists.

He said this is a cause for alarm as the tourists being catered to by these illegal businesses are those who themselves failed to comply with the safety requirements of the city like pre-registration and full vaccination.

“Sadly, despite our restrictions, these unscrupulous people still find a way to skirt our rules,” he said.

He encouraged unlisted accommodation businesses to register their establishments with the tourism office, secure a business permit, compliance certificate, and Safety Seal to operate legally.

Otherwise, errant establishments should be reported and dealt with.

Mapalo also reminded legally operating establishments to strictly comply with the health and safety protocols after reports on lapses by some companies reached his office.

He said tourism establishments should take to heart the restrictions as the industry now depends so much on the safety from the Covid-19, which continues to be a threat. 

He issued the same reminder to tourists to also do their part in adhering to the minimum public health standards. 

“We seek your cooperation and due diligence to comply with all the requirements and we ask those who see these irregularities to report to us for appropriate action. The best way for us to move forward is for all of us to cooperate with the regulations that the city government is imposing,” he said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo