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BBM SEES RECOVERY OF TOURISM AS TRAVEL RULES EASE

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14 November 2021

Seeing that the tourism sector is slowly going back to its glory days, Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said this is a chance for Filipinos, especially working in the sector, to recover after being greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marcos said almost all the sectors have suffered from the crisis brought about by the pandemic that's why now that some tourist sites are slowly accepting fully vaccinated tourists, it means that the country is also moving its way to recovery.

"This is good news for us and for our economy. I strongly believe in tourism as an instrument for economic growth and now that Ilocos Norte, Puerto Galera, Bohol, and other famous tourist spots are being lenient in their travel requirements, soon we will be able to see the boost in the local economy that later on will be a tool for the recovery of our entire nation," he said.

Ilocos Norte, Marcos's hometown, is already receiving leisure travelers from different parts of the country. One of his achievements as governor of Ilocos Norte was making the province a major tourist destination not only for locals but also for international tourists.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer said that aside from industry workers finally returning to work,  more jobs will also be created from this development. Marcos has earlier said that jobs are what the public need right now as millions of Filipinos remain jobless.

Data from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) showed that only 893,886 travelers arrived in the country from January to September. These figures are lower than the 3.2 million arrivals during the same period in 2020. The arrivals averaged from 90,000 to 100,000 per month since January due to the daily cap on passenger arrivals as well as travel restrictions.

Marcos said now that there are lesser restrictions on tourist spots, an increase in the number of tourists is expected as the government also increased the number of daily cap on passenger arrival from 1,500 to 2,000.

He said increased public spending and strategic investments in tourism development and promotion will result in long-term benefits, especially in terms of job generation and increased income for local governments.

With all these positive developments, Marcos is encouraging the public to continue to be informed and get vaccinated against the COVID-19.

He also reminded LGUs to remain vigilant in making sure that public health protocols remain observed in their areas.

"Local government officials must make sure that all tourists entering their area of responsibility follow local health protocols to prevent the possibility of a lockdown that will ruin the gains that they have already achieved," Marcos said.

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FILIPINO VERSION

Pag-ahon ng turismo sigurado dahil sa mas maluwag na paglalakbay — Bongbong

Ngayong nakikita na ang unti-unting pag-ahon ng sektor ng turismo, para kay Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., ito na ang pagkakataon para sa mga Pilipinong nagtatrabaho sa tourism industry na maka-recover matapos na lubhang maapektuhan dahil sa pandemiya.

Ayon kay Marcos, halos lahat ng sektor sa bansa ay naghirap dahil sa krisis na dulot ng pandemiya kaya ngayong ang mga tourist sites ay nagsisimula nang tumanggap ng mga fully vaccinated na turista, nangangahulugan aniya ito na ang bansa ay patungo na sa tuluyang pag-ahon.

"This is good news for us and for our economy. I strongly believe in tourism as an instrument for economic growth and now that Ilocos Norte, Puerto Galera, Bohol, and other famous tourist spots are being lenient in their travel requirements, soon we will be able to see the boost in the local economy that later on will be a tool for the recovery of our entire nation," sabi niya.

Sa Ilocos Norte, ang hometown ng mga Marcos, tumatanggap na sila ng mga bisita galing sa iba't-ibang parte ng bansa. Isa sa mga nagawa ni Marcos noong siya ay governor ng Ilocos Norte ay ang gawing major tourist destination ang probinsiya hindi lang para sa mga Pilipino kundi pati na rin sa mga dayuhan.

Maliban sa makakabalik na sa trabaho ang ilan sa mga kababayan, sinabi ni Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer, na ang pagluluwag sa paglalakbay ay magreresulta din sa mas maraming trabaho.  Matatandanang sinabi ni Marcos na trabaho ang kailangan ng mga tao ngayon dahil milyon-milyon pa rin ang walang hanapbuhay sa ngayon.

Datos mula sa Bureau of Immigration (BI) ay nagpapakita na meron lamang 893,886 travelers ang dumating sa bansa mula Enero hanggang Setyembre ngayong taon. Ang mga numero na ito ay mas mababa kumpara sa parehong mga buwan noong nakaraang taon. Simula Enero, nasa 90,000 hanggang 100,000 lamang ang dumarating sa bansa dahil sa daily cap ng passenger arrivals pati na rin dahil sa mga travel restrictions.

Sabi ni Marcos, ngayong may kaluwagan na sa pagpunta sa mga tourist spots, maasahan ang pagtaas ng bilang ng mga turista dagdag na rin ang pagpayag ng gobyerno na taasan ang daily cap sa mga pasaherong dumarating mula 1,500 to 2,000.

Naniniwala si Marcos na magdudulot ng long-term benefits sa bansa kung mas mataas ang public spending at strategic investments para sa pagpapaunlad ng turismo. Sa mas ligtas at mas magandang sektor ng turismo sa bansa, mas madami aniya ang trabaho at tataas din ang kita ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Dahil na rin sa magagandang balita na gaya nito, lalong hinihikayat ni Marcos ang publiko na patuloy na maging maalam at magpabakuna laban sa COVID-19.

Pinaalalahanan niya din ang mga LGUs na manatiling mapagmatiyag at siguraduhin na ligtas at sumusunod sa health protocols ang bawat turista na dadayo sa kanilang lugar.

"Local government officials must make sure that all tourists entering their area of responsibility follow local health protocols to prevent the possibility of a lockdown that will ruin the gains that they have already achieved," sabi ni Marcos.

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