Reopening of Local Tourism in Negros Oriental
Department of Tourism Press Conference
A tourism press conference was held last Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Henry Hotel in Dumaguete City. The panel was consisted of Negros Oriental Second District Congressman Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Dumaguete City Mayor Antonio Felipe “Ipe” Remollo, and Dauin Mayor Galicano “Galic” Truita. During the press conference, the DOT Secretary shared her comments and opinions of local tourism opening in times of a pandemic.
Opening of Local Tourism in Negros Oriental
The conference started with welcoming the DOT Secretary. Both Dumaguete City Mayor Remollo and Congressman Sagarbarria thanked the DOT Secretary for visiting Negros Oriental. The congressman also stated that the second district of the province received total of 80 million pesos for development of tourism sites from the DOT.
Dauin Opens Dive Tourism
Mayor Truita made his opening remarks by recapping the opening of Dauin dive tourism. This was to help boost the local tourism in the province. The opening ceremony of the Dive Tourism was held last February 19, 2021. Congressman Sagarbarria on the other hand, opened his remarks by thanking the presence of DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
According to the congressman, the province has already received no less than 80 million pesos for the development of tourism sites in the province. He also included a quick request for a hyperbaric chamber facility. In line with the opening of the Dive Tourism in Dauin, it is only fitting to have the facility.
I have been talking her (DOT Secretary) for the endness time about putting a hyperbaric chamber here in the city of Dumaguete & the province of Negros Oriental. I went to our mayor and talked to him. We need one! If you want tourism, especially diving to prosper here in our province, we really need a hyperbaric chamber,” Congressman Sagarbarria said.
And true enough, the mayor decided to look for a piece of land. He has promised us 1,500 square meters to put a hyperbaric chamber, which going to be operated by the office of the City Health Office of Dumaguete,” he added.
The good secretary also promised us to give one this year and it’s gonna cost between 15 to 20 million. That is not a joke! That is plenty of money,” said Congressman Sagarbarria.
DOT – DOLE Bayanihan Cash Assistance Program
The press conference concluded with the handing out of financial assistance to the different establishments and associations affected by the pandemic. Cash assistance of Php 5,000 was given. From the press conference video, recipient of the cash assistance was Mr. Tabaniera (president of the Apo Island Snorkeling Equipment and Guiding Association), Mrs. Sagarbarria (owner of Dumaguete Magic Dragon Inc., Chin Long, &Scooby’s snack bar), Mr. Ron Cohen (owner of Lavanya Beach & Dive Resort Inc., and Ron Divers), and Mr. Rico Mier (president of Balinsasayao Twin Lake Farmer’s Association).