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Over 100 tourism establishments now open in Province
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Wednesday, October 21, 2020
More than 100 accommodation establishments, restaurants, and water transport services in Cebu Province are now open for business. (Junjie Mendoza)

A total of 121 accommodation establishments, restaurants, and water transport services in the Province of Cebu were issued a Certificate of Compliance (COC) beginning September of this year.

The establishments have diligently complied with the basic health requirements set by the Provincial Tourism Task Force (PTTF) based on the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and the Provincial Ordinance enforcing tourism protocols. 

The ordinance, authored by 5th District Provincial Board Member Andrei “Red” Duterte, supports Executive Order No. 20-A issued by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on July 23, 2020 setting the guidelines and protocols to be followed for the resumption of tourism activities in the Province.

Tourism activities now allowed are Alegria canyoneering, Badian canyoneering, Barili all-terrain vehicle (ATV) adventure, Cordova island hopping, Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City, Anjo World and Snow World in Minglanilla, whaleshark watching in Oslob, and Moalboal island hopping and diving.

Provincial Tourism Office chief Maria Lester “Marti” Ybanez encouraged guests to support these establishments that have in a month’s time complied all of the requirements set by PTTF in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7.

For accommodation establishments that have yet to apply for reopening of their businesses, Ybanez reiterated that they must secure their Certificate of Authority to Operate (CAO) and Provisional Certificate of Authority to Operate (PCAO) from the DOT. 

CAO is issued to establishments after an ocular inspection has carried out, while PCAO is for digital inspection wherein videos and pictures of the initial inspection are sent through electronic mail.

As for water tourist transports like motorized and non-motorized boats, they must secure their CAO from the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority. Prior to this, they must comply with the requirements of their LGUs like Mayor’s permit.

Ybanez further clarified that the centralized digital booking portal is exclusive to “destinations, sites, and tourism activities.” Confirmation codes in the portal are system generated.

For accommodation, guests must book directly to the accredited establishments. Proof of booking may be in the form of an e-mail or a receipt.

“Abtik kaayo silang mi-comply sa mga requirements bisan sa challenges sa pandemic. Angayan gyud ni silang suportahan,” Ybanez said.

The tourism officer also urged other establishments and tour operators to comply with the set guidelines and documentary requirements to ensure the resumption of their business.

“Atong gi-encourage nga mo-comply ang tanan kay since ming-gawas na ang ordinance on tourism protocols, mu-istrikto gyud ta kay duna ra ba’y uban moingon wala sila kahibalo,” she stressed. 

“Dili lang ta magmahayay kay wala gyud ta magkuwang sa atong information dissemination. Duna ta’y two staff members nga atong gipadala per district. Duna ta’y Sugbo News, nanawag ta sa mga mayor ug tourism officers,” she added.

Allowed establishments

With certificates, these establishments are already allowed to resume their operations: 

Evo Nature Camp, West 35 Eco Adventure Park, and Sailor’s Cabin in Balamban; Eskapo Verde, World Big 4 Resort, and Banamboo in Badian; and Moalboal Eco Lodge, Panagsama Dive Resort Inc., Hale Manna Coastal Gardens, Basdiot Hill Cottages, Kasai Villages Resort, Kojie Guest House, Adams View Hotel, New Eve’s Kiosk Dive Resort, Blue Abyss Resort, and Chief Mau Beach Life Cottages in Moalboal.

Also included are Circa La Playa Recreation Center in Minglanilla; L&M Heartstone Lodge, Pedz Cing Mango Lodge, Sascha’s Lodging House, The Lighthouse Beach Resort, Biggie’s Inn, Cloud and XKY Beach Resort, Casa Bonita Inn II/Accommodation, Anglers Hub and Resort, La Fela Pension House, Giswold Beach Resort, Bluewater Sumilon, Guilly’s Place, Malonzo Pension House, Bangcogon Resort and Restaurant, Aloha Lodging House, Stay and S. Resort, Down South 118 Beach Resort, BCD’s Place, Ermi Beach Resort, Sunrise 888, Lagnason’s Place, Ermi Beach Resort, Ging-Ging Hotel and Resort, Melronz Inn, Tums Resort, and Islet View Pension House in Oslob.

Other establishments are Voda Krasna Beach Resort, Cartagena Beachwalk Resort, Antig Tingko Beach Resort, Sola Homes Retirement Village Inc. El Paradiso Resort, Parrot Paradise Resort, RJ Delos Santos Beach Resort, and Naguene Korean Restaurant in Alcoy; and Carlita’s View Beach Resort, Kellock Seaview Apartelle, Seaview Mansion Dalaguete Apartelle, Ocean Bay Beach Resort, Rockwalled Pension House, Timmi’s Beach House, and Nadelmar Hotel N Resort in Dalaguete; Cebu Club Fort Med, Inc. in Boljoon.

In Northern Cebu, the establishments now allowed to operate are Stix Smoke House, Beach Placid, Jelly’s Haven Resort, Cou Cou Bar and Restaurant, Mabuhay Balikbayan Restaurant, HR Music Bar and Restaurant, Balikbayan Guesthouse, Cou Cou Lodge, Amanecer Beach Resort, Kandugyap House by the Sea, Yooneek Beach Resort, Tiki Bar Hotel and Restaurant, KRJ Tourist’s Inn, La Playa Estrella, HRJ Hotel, Stumble Inn Bar and Restaurant, Dave and Devy’s Thai Restaurant, Kota Beach Resort, Amihan Seaside Inn, Shia-Wase Resto Bar, Amihan Beach Cabanas Corporation, Bantayan Burritos Mexican Kitchen, N&F Guest House, Anika Island Resort, Ogtong Cave Resort and Restaurant, Sarapoi Food and Snack Bar, Wilma’s Fried Chicken House, Big Jel’s Restomeat, Marlin’s Beach Resort, Chef Pan Yang Asian-International Cuisine, and Arjamay Sutukil in Santa Fe; Bantayan Island Nature Park and Resort in Bantayan; La Mer Beach Resort, San Remigio Beach Club, Orongan Beach Resort, and Lingay Beach Resort in San Remigio.

Also included are Danasan Eco Adventure Park, Danao Coco Palms Resort Inc., and Sunshine Shin Beach Resort in Danao City; Tatope Travel Lodge in Carcar City;

De Payag Inland Resort, D&N Lodging House, and Sampero Rock Beach Resort in Daanbantayan; Barili ATV Adventure and Café Alfonso in Barili; Santander Pebbles Beach Resort, Tropara Resort, Talisay Beach Resort Inc., Cebu Garden of Eden Resort Inc., Santander Beach House, and Dodz Apartelle and Event in Santander.

Others are La Erma Pension House, Isabella Sea Breeze Hotel and Spa, Varlina’s Home, Argao Bay Eco Park Resort and Hotel, and Acasia Pension House and Apartment in Argao; Solea Palm Resort, Ashton Xander Restaurant and Catering Services, Ramirez Island Hopping and Tours, JME Island Hopping Services in Cordova;

Bigblue Waters Resort in Liloan; Stim Resort, and Ka’Seno Beach Resort in Medellin; as well as Estaca Bay Garden and Conference Resort in Compostela. (Eleanor Valeros)