The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed its support to the government’s effort to rehabilitate tourist destinations across the country, but not the complete shutdown of these places.
PCCI President Alegria Sibal-Limjoco told the Philippine News Agency that the rehabilitation of tourist destinations can be done in phases, and not a total closure like the government did to Boracay Island for six months.
Limjoco said that the complete shutdown of Boracay has affected businesses in the area-- particularly the micro and small enterprises that depends on the island’s upbeat tourism sector -- while some of them are still struggling to come back to their livelihood activities.
“Let’s do it in phases, not total closure. Let’s learn from Boracay,” she noted.
After Boracay, the government is eyeing to rehabilitate beaches in El Nido and Coron in Palawan, as well as Panglao in Bohol. There are also recommendations to do the same to Baguio City.