As the city of Baguio in the Philippines continues to welcome leisure tourists, more homestays here have been recognized by the Ministry of Tourism.
Baguio City Tourism Operations Supervision Officer Aloysius Mapalo (Aloysius Mapalo) said on Wednesday that 374 accommodations, temporary housing and homestays have been certified by the Office of the Department of Tourism in the Cordillera District of the Philippines. Or a certificate of compliance.
The certification body has been inspected and complies with basic health and safety protocols.
Mapalo pointed out that compared with the more than 1,000 temporary houses operating in different parts of the city before the epidemic, the number of accredited institutions is still very small.
He said that, together with personnel from the Ministry of Tourism-Cordillera District, they continue to conduct visual inspections of institutions that have applied for certificates.
The continuous issuance of certificates is part of the government’s efforts to gradually revitalize the tourism industry and the city’s economy that has been severely affected by the epidemic.
Statistics from the Baguio City Tourism Bureau show that the number of tourists rose from about 500 at the end of April to about 1,400 at the end of May.
From June 1 to 13, after the community isolation in the National Capital Region of the Philippines was reduced, the city has recorded more than 2,900 tourists.
Mapalo said that most of the city’s tourists come from Metro Manila and its neighboring areas.
City officials estimate that 70% of Baguio’s tourists come from the National Capital Region.
Due to the increase in the number of tourists in the past few weeks, according to the current community quarantine guidelines issued by the Inter-agency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Philippines, accommodations can reach 50% of the required capacity
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