Mindanao key tourism destination; safe travel measures in place

Sugba Lagoon in Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte taken in Oct 2021 (Picture contributed by Ivy Marie Mangadlao)

MANILA – The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on Sunday certain that steps are in position to ensure that places in the southern component of the country are harmless for vacationers, noting that Mindanao is a key tourism destination provided in its advertising actions in the past several decades.

“The Mindanao location is a protected tourism location with peace talks constantly becoming performed in the region, military services, national and local legislation enforcement are executing its best to maintain our locations safe and sound, and local government models are also functioning with NGOs (non-govt businesses) and international businesses to make their destinations far more sustainable and inclusive,” TPB Main Working Officer Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones stated.

Mindanao is host to similarly-breathtaking locations this kind of as the seashores in Davao, the sand bars and waterfalls in Camiguin, and experience hubs in Cagayan de Oro to title a few, she additional.

“We have other astounding locations in Mindanao, in truth, we are supporting Philippine Airlines’ inaugural flight from Cotabato to Tawi-Tawi on June 9,” she explained.

She included: “Other places are nevertheless getting vetted for compliance with overall health and basic safety protocols as we mature toward a safer, much more sustainable and additional inclusive tourism vacation spot.”

Local governments in Mindanao, their respective tourism officers, the Division of Tourism’s regional offices collectively with the navy are “doing their ideal” to make make certain vacationers are offered required logistical assist when traveling to the region, Velasco-Allones explained.

She reminded the public to chorus from producing remarks that generalize the total Mindanao.

Journalist Raissa Robles drew flak around her the latest tweet expressing that Tourism Secretary-designate Christina Frasco’s assertion on opening up Mindanao to tourism would “please” the extremist Abu Sayyaf team with the prospect of “several possible kidnap victims.”

On June 2, Robles tweeted: “Apparently, Frasco would like to open up Mindanao to tourism. I’m certain the extremist Abu Sayyaf and other bandits would be happy by the prospective customers of so quite a few prospective kidnap victims. Way to go, Frasco. Prep for ransom negotiations.”

Vice President-elect Sara Z. Duterte, a Mindanao indigenous, on Saturday evening lambasted Robles for demonizing Mindanao and insulting its folks. (PNA)