By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
Oslob, Cebu — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Visayas maintains that Cebu remains a safe haven for tourists despite some reported cancelled bookings.
DOT-7 officer-in-charge Judy Gabato said tourism in Southern Cebu is largely unaffected amid threats and unverified reports circulating online.
“Tourists continue to enjoy the beauty of Cebu Island especially the three municipalities of Dalaguete, Oslob and Sumilon Island,” Gabato said.
Resort owners in the Southern towns of Argao and Dalaguete revealed six bookings had been cancelled because of the travel advisory issued by the US Embassy.
Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 clarifies that there is no security threat in the whole province of Cebu, despite the travel advisory.
Despite this assurance, PRO 7 director Chief Supt. Noli Taliño said there will be a team from the AFP arriving in Cebu to augment the security in Cebu province.
The Cebu Provincial Board has urged local government units in Cebu to tighten their security measures.
“Urging all LGUs, cities, towns and barangays, to conduct verification and possible assessment of questionable personalities within their respective territorial jurisdictions for security purposes in view of the security advisory issued by the Embassy of the United States of America,” read the PB resolution.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said barangays should help in tracking down the suspicious people.
“They would know. The barangay captain, for instance, would know the residents. So every new face should at least be tracked down,” she said.
Board Member Sun Shimura, chairman of the committee on public safety, said LGUs should help monitor and not just solely depend on the police.