Davao City still normal- City Tourism chief

Subscribe Now May 26, 2017 at 05:32pm

Davao City is still a normal place to visit for tourists despite the declaration of martial law all over Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It’s just that we’re exerting more prudence when going around, we’re becoming more aware, which is what we’re always telling everybody.” Says City Tourism Operations Office head Gene Rose Tecson on the impact of martial law in tourism activities.

Tecson said that security measures have always been the normal here in Davao City.

She said they are waiting on the guidelines in the implementation of martial law from the national government.

“So we can match our guidelines with the parameters given.” Tecson said.

Tecson said with the guidelines they will be meeting with tourism stakeholders in the city and apprise them of the developments and plan on what to do.

The CTOO head also said, the Visit Davao Fun Sale which is held region-wide will still continue particularly the activities held in Davao City.

“Sa MTS (Matina Town Square) iniinvite ko kayo.” (in MTS I am inviting you) Tecson invited the public for the VDFS closing activities this weekend which would include a concert (Ethnika Jam) and the Battle of the Strongest cross fit competition.

The VDFS which runs from April to May is a massive retail-based tourism campaign which offers shopping/dining sales and promos, arts and culture events, eco-tour packages among many others aimed at enticing the summer market to the region.

Tecson has assured that security measures are adequate protect tourists and Dabawenyos alike.

Meanwhile Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that tourists should exercise prudence in planning their activities.

In the guidelines released by the city government, tourists are discouraged from going to places that are not included in the tourism areas of the city and they are advised to bring with them passports and other means of identification. (PIA/RG Alama)

Source: pia.gov.ph

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