Baguio City will not Allow Tourist Anytime Soon After the ECQ is Lifted
BAGUIO CITY – the summer capital of the Philippines will remain closed to the tourist for months after the enhanced community quarantine will be lifted.
The city, currently under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). However, it will remain closed to tourists a few months after the city’s enhanced community quarantine is removed, according to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
In a DZMM interview with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the mayor said the city would have a transition plan so tourists could not easily enter, even residents returning to the area.
“Hindi pa ho namin papayagan. Meron po kaming transition plan, mayroon kami exit plan para sa ECQ pero hindi po namin papayagan na basta-basta na lang pong aakyat yung mga turista po rito,” said Mayor Magalong.
“Pati po sa returning residents ay gagawan pa ho namin, ima-manage pa ho nila yung pagdating nila dito kasi di naman namin i-open up agad,” he added.
The mayor insists that this is included in their precautions so that the C0VID-19 case does not escalate in Baguio and that they must also repair the quarantine facilities in the city. “Dream now, travel later na lang po muna sila,” mayor said for those who are planning to travel there after quarantine.
The official admitted that the pandemic had a severe impact on tourism revenue but will be able to survive in the coming months. The city is suffering some P38 million income loss every month it is on lockdown.
“Malaki po ang impact kasi ang Baguio naman alam niyo siguro tourism-based industry po rito. Kung ikukumpara niyo po last year, February to May malaki talaga ang aming tourism gross receipt–P1.4 trillion last year pero gayon ho talagang napakaliit,” he said.
“Kakayanin pa naman natin, nakikita pa naman natin na may projects pa tayong hindi pa na-obligate. May standby fund na P150 million. We have enough to cover us for the next 4 months,” the mayor added.
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