BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The Provincial Tourism Office recorded 2,637 employees in the tourism industry in Negros Occidental were displaced due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Among those affected were 1,218 workers from accommodation facilities, 68 tour guides, 68 from tour and travel agencies, 156 in the tourism and transport services, 123 at sports and recreation facilities, 68 at wellness centers, 716 in the food and beverage sector, and 220 in other resorts.
Provincial Tourism Officer Jennylind Cordero said there is a need to support the displaced workers to go back to work while taking extra caution in this time of pandemic.
Cordero added that tourists were encouraged to practice health protocols such as social distancing and wearing of masks.
The tourism office earlier announced the opening of some resorts and other tourism destinations in Negros Occidental after several months of closure.
These tourism facilities were in the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, Talisay, Cadiz, Escalante, Sagay, and San Carlos; and the towns of Manapla, Candoni, Don Salvador Benedicto, Cauayan, Calatrava, Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, La Castellana, Isabela, Moises Padilla, Murcia, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, and Valladolid.
The accommodation facilities, however, are subject to strict compliance with the minimum health standard protocols.
Resorts will only be open for local residents, while guests and clients need to make advanced booking to control the maximum persons allowed in a facility.
Based on the Department of Tourism protocols, resorts and hotels are allowed to resume operations under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status.
The province of Negros Occidental is currently under the MGCQ status.