Thumbs up! Last February 7, 2020, three cabinet secrataries explicate the Department of Health’s (DOH) Advisory on the Concerts and Other Public Events and Gatherings thus stating that it is now safe to hold, attend and organize public gatherings, may it be meetings or festivals.
The Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Tourism (DOT) has approved all activities just as long as all precautionary measures are followed and observed.
“The clarification bodes well for the tourism industry given that the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) sector is a huge contributor of tourism revenues and jobs. The MICE business has a long value chain involving the accommodation, transportation, food, recreation and retail sectors. It is critical that MICE events already firmed up for the year continue to be mounted with the DOH protocols strictly heeded,” said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
It is clear that the approval of this is favorable to the tourism industry in the Philippines furthermore can also provide plenty of possible jobs for our citizens.
Time and time again it is stressed that though the approval has been granted, the organizers and the event planners should strictly follow all protocols and guidelines the DOH has stated.
As said by Secretary Puyat, “We encourage event planners and organizers to be more circumspect and to implement the guidelines prescribed by the DOH. Equally important is the role of the DILG and the local government units in enforcing and monitoring the implementation of the said guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests.”
“The safety of the public, especially our tourists and employees in the tourism sector, remains the priority of the Philippine government,” the joint statement added.
With all that is said, tourist and even the locals can now travel at ease to their favorite tourist destination in the likes of Boracay, Tagaytay, Baguio to name a few and enjoy it to their fullest. Organizers and event planners are in favor of this approval so long as they follow the protocols provided by the DOH.