MAKATI CITY - Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Friday said safety and security of tourists remain their top priority as “danger of an explosive eruption of Taal Volcano” is still expected.
“Follow the guidelines of the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Safety is more important over any other tourism data. We will not allow our tourists to visit a destination if it’s not safe,” she said in a statement.
Puyat said the Department of Tourism (DOT) is currently assessing the impact of the Taal Volcano eruption on the tourism industry of the affected areas.
The DOT will also coordinate with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in terms of revival plans and projects.
“When Phivolcs declares the area as already safe, only then will we commence with the revival plans of Taal together with NEDA,” she said.
Meanwhile, the tourism chief said other tourist spots in the country such as Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, and Davao, are safe for tourists to enjoy.
Based on the Medium Term National Tourism Development Plan, the DOT targets 9.2 million foreign tourists this 2020.
In 2019, a 15.58 percent growth rate in foreign tourist arrivals from January-November 2019 was reached, higher compared to the same period in 2018.