Oslob’s Whale Shark Watching Resumes To Revive Economy
WHALE SHARK – The whale shark watching in Oslob, Cebu reopened its doors to tourists in a bid to save its struggling economy.
The whale shark watching in Oslob, Southern Cebu is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cebu. Visitors are allowed to swim with gigantic fish for a limited time.
The town of Oslob suffered millions of pesos in revenue losses in the past month due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The province of Cebu implemented a series of measurements to slow the transmission of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19.)
COVID-19 pandemic has affected the town so much. Now that the Province of Cebu is under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), officials decided to open their tourism activities slowly. They implement precautionary measures and allowed tourists so long as they follow safety protocols.
Based on a report from Inquirer, Mayor Jun Tumulak said they have resumed the whale watching in their town to revive its struggling economy. He said they usually get around 1000 tourists per day but the number of people who visit had gone down to only 8 to 10 daily.
“Of course, the number is very far from what we had before the pandemic. But at least, we have guests. It is better than having none. In that way, our local tourism would not die,” he said.
According to the report, Mayor Tumulak said he’s not expecting a lot of tourist because the only ones allowed to visit Oslob at the moment are the people from Cebu. He said most of their visitors are from Luzon and abroad.
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