Published on : Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Tourism destinations in Cebu are expected to be fully operational by the end of October this year with the government trying to vaccinate 99 percent of the island’s tourism workers.
According to vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr., the target is achievable since at least 50 percent of tourism workers are already vaccinated in the three biggest cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
“That means they will just have to inoculate 50 percent more,” said Galvez who, along with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat and Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon, was in Cebu on Friday for the ritual vaccination of tourism workers at Oakridge Business Park in Mandaue City.
Puyat said that the ceremonial vaccination was especially held in Cebu to identify the importance of the province in the country’s tourism industry.“Cebu is very important to us. That [vaccination] is the only way we can restart tourism,” Puyat said.She said that Cebu would have a weekly allocation of 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines only for its tourism workers.
“Tourism workers are those that are not only working in hotels but also those working in restaurants, airports, drivers, among others,” Puyat said.Galvez said that the vaccination of tourism workers in Cebu falls among government’s priorities.
“The province of Cebu is considered as one of the country’s top tourist destinations because of its world-class marine attractions, historic sites, and of course, its mouth-watering cuisines,” Galvez said.