Stranded tourists in NegOr asked to report to LGUs

Foreigners and other tourists who are stranded here and elsewhere in the province of Negros Oriental are asked to report to the local government unit (LGU) by contacting the city or municipal tourism office.

Dumaguete City tourism officer Jacqueline Veloso Antonio said Wednesday the move is aimed at getting their names for inclusion in the database for monitoring, as well as to ensure that their concerns are addressed.

Many tourists are believed to have been unable to leave the city after the province of Negros Oriental sealed off its borders following a state of general community quarantine imposition to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Flights out of the province from the Sibulan-Dumaguete airport were canceled Tuesday while land and sea travel were also reduced drastically, with exemptions such as for those carrying cargo, food supplies and other necessities and medical emergencies, among others.

Because neighboring provinces like Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Bohol had also imposed similar measures, the current situation needs to be assessed for those who are stranded, authorities said.

As of Wednesday, Antonio said 88 tourists have contacted the tourism offices with data coming from the Provincial Tourism Office, and those in Dumaguete, Sibulan, Valencia, and Guihulngan.

“Their embassies/consulates are calling us and so we can provide a list to them,” she said.

Stranded tourists were to call their respective homes and airlines, giving updates on important notifications from the Department of Tourism, she added.

Those who are affected by measures against Covid-19 can call the Dumaguete City Tourism Office at telephone number 035-422-9409 and the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Office at 035-225-1825.

Source: Philippines News Agency