MANILA – In order to encourage tourists to visit tourist destinations in Cebu Province, government agencies and the private sector organized an intensified two-day vaccination program in three municipalities on Bantayan Island.
A total of 3,494 people were vaccinated in the towns of Bantayan, Santa Fe and Madridejos on Friday and Saturday.
Bantayan had the highest number of vaccinated with 2,554, Madridejos had 618 and Santa Fe inoculated 322.
A similar activity is also planned at Camotes Islands, one of Cebu’s most visited sites.
Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) – Head of the Visayas, Melquiades Feliciano, agreed on the need to donate priority to tourist destinations in Cebu.
“We need to restore the confidence of tourists in Cebu as a destination so that they will return to help jumpstart the economic recovery. In addition to implementing minimum sanitation protocols, Cebu can ensure the safety of tourists and locals through to vaccination, ”Dino said in a press release. on Sunday.
The activity was carried out by OPAV, Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center, Cebu Provincial Government, IATF-Visayas, Department of Health-7 (DOH-7), Cebu Vaccination Group led by All-Terrain Medical Relief Organization, JCI Metro Cebu Uptown and Cebu City Emergency Operations Center.
In 2019, tourism receipts for the Central Visayas amounted to PHP 97 billion, with Cebu accounting for the bulk of tourist arrivals.
“As a tourist site, we need community vaccination. How can we accept tourists if we are not vaccinated beforehand?” Dr Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 chief pathologist, emphasized. (RP)