Just recently, the Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Tourism (DOT), in a joint agreement, gives go signal to public gatherings and festivals as long as all precautionary measures are observed as identified by the Department of Health.
A joint statement clarifies the Department of Health’s Advisory on Concerts and Other Public Events and Gatherings issued last February 07. It was signed by the cabinet secretaries of the three agencies involved.
“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,”states Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, in a Facebook post by the official Department of Tourism page. Moreover, guidelines are being implemented by DOT accredited establishments. Guidelines will help establishments in handling guests amidst Covid-19 scare.
“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,” adds Puyat.
In Iloilo, it can be recalled that Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas announced via Facebook that there will be no activities for the month of February and March as a precaution to the recent coronavirus outbreak. The City Government has also postponed the Paraw Regatta Festival, held annually, after consultation with the Department of Health, City Health Office, Iloilo Festivals Foundation, and the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation.