DOT assists Rizal stakeholders, boosts local tourism

Local tourism stakeholder representatives of Rizal Province receive DOT-DOLE Bayanihan 2 Cash Assistance from Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat at Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo City, Rizal. (GG/PIA-Rizal)


ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, March 11 (PIA)--Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat turns over the national government's assistance to stakeholder representatives in Rizal heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo City.

Local tourism sector representatives from the Angono Artists' Association, Gaselle Travel and Tours (Cainta), Local Marching Bands Association (Binangonan), Samahang Nagkakaisa para sa Kaunlaran ng Myseoul Tiangge (Taytay) and Pasalubong Vendors Association (Antipolo City) benefit from the grant given received help from the DOT-DOLE Bayanihan Cash Assistance Program.

According to Sec. Romulo-Puyat, a total of P 3.1 billion has been allotted for DOT-accredited and LGU-accredited tourism sites. Recently, the assistance may also be extended to other sectors which have also been heavily affected by the pandemic such as tricycle drivers and vendors.

"They thought that this is only for employees but this is open to anybody who has been affected by the stoppage of tourism," remarks Sec. Romulo-Puyat.

DOT also held a simultaneous online and onsite press conference headed by Sec. Romulo-Puyat directly after the ceremonial turnover together with other local officials.

 

Green Corridor Initiative & Rizal Tourism

In line with the gradual reopening of tourism in Rizal, DOT CALABARZON headed by Director Palispis spearheads the Green Corridor Initiative (GCI) which encourages locals to visit the province particularly Antipolo Cainta, Taytay and Angono through the proposed tourism circuit called Rizal Faith, Food, Art, Adventure and Nature (FFAAN).

During the press conference headed by Sec. Romulo-Puyat, she stated that Rizal has always been favored as a tourist destination due to its proximity to Metro Manila and its accessibility for land travelers.

Sec. Romulo-Puyat added that the agency conducted recent tourism surveys which indicate that most people are prefer closer proximity, land travel and open-air spaces all of which apply to the Rizal province.

Rizal is also the top contributor in 2020 for overnight tourism in the region and has generated 36 percent in terms of tourist arrivals for the entire CALABARZON region with a total of 395,364.

The province is also the top contributor for same-day tourism arrivals with 7,200,454 or 60 percent of the region's total arrivals.

"Rizal is blessed to have many open-air, nature, open-space and culture-based sites and it has been proven that as long as it is open-air, well-ventilated and we are following safety protocols we can restart tourism," remarks Sec. Romulo-Puyat.

 

Safe reopening of tourism

According to Sec. Romulo-Puyat there are currently 108 accredited tourism establishments in Rizal and 30 in Antipolo City compliant to standards.

In line with this, the DOT Regional Office continuously conducts physical inspections and monitoring in all open establishments to ensure compliance.

According to, Rizal 1st District Representative Michael John "Jack" Duavit, the provincial, city and municipal governments as well as stakeholders have also proven their readiness for reopening of the tourism sector.

"The reason why we are not requiring testing is the readiness factor," Rep. Duavit states.

Rep. Duavit adds that that COVID-safety is a personal responsibility and the people in the province in Rizal are compliant in health standards in keeping themselves and potential tourists safe.

"If you would go around Rizal you will see almost 100% of the time people are wearing their masks and face shields."

Also present during the event are Antipolo 1st District Provincial Board Member Roberto Andres Puno Jr., Antipolo City 2nd District Provincial Board Member Alexander Marquez, Antipolo 2nd District Representative Resurreccion Acop, Rizal Tourism Officer Corazon Laserna, Antipolo City Tourism Officer Marino Bacani and Antipolo City Councilor Agnes Oldan. (GG/PIA-Rizal)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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