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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Closure of Gigantes Island
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ILOILO CITY - The Department of Tourism in Western Visayas has recommended the voluntary and temporary closure of establishments in Gigantes island, Carles, Iloilo to pave the way for their upgrade.

DOT 6 director Helen Catalbas said these establishments are proposed to temporarily close for about three to four months so they could improve their facilities to be well-prepared to accommodate local and foreign tourists.

She said their office is willing to provide tourism awareness intensive seminars to frontliners, tricycle drivers, boat operations, hotel and restaurant owners, among others.

However, Catalbas clarified that it is just a suggestion as the decision will still be up to the local government unit of Carles.

Mayor Salagunting Betita of Carles welcomed the suggestion of DOT-6, saying he will create a committee to assess the compliance of about 36 establishments around the island to rules and regulations, ordinances and other laws.

Betita said that if the establishments will agree, the closure will be done one at a time because they are also concerned of its impact, especially to workers.

Each establishment in the island has an average of 10 workers, he said.

The recommendation of DOT-6 was among the results of the Northern Iloilo Cruise Tourism Ocular Inspection and Stakeholders Dialogue at the Provincial Capitol yesterday.

Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. recognized the need for the towns in northern Iloilo to be improved to attract more local and foreign tourists.

Among the issues mentioned by the governor included the lack of facilities of establishments, restaurants where tourists could dine, accommodation and means of transportation in and out of the island.

He said that a series of meetings will be conducted with concerned government agencies and local chief executives to discuss how they will bring further developments in the towns known to be tourism sites.*PNA


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