DOT Photo

The Department of Tourism (DOT) assisted 61 foreign visitors stranded in Western Mindanao and facilitated their return to their home countries last March 27 in the wake of travel cancellations and travel restrictions imposed by the government amid the national state of health emergency.

DOT Photo

“A sweeper flight for the distressed tourists was a joint effort by the DOT Region 9 Office with Platinum Skies Aviation Inc. and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP),” said Assistant Secretary for Mindanao and concurrent OIC Regional Director Myra Paz Valderrosa Abubakar.

DOT Photo

At least 36 other  foreigners in the region opted to stay for fear of COVID-19 infection in their home countries and promised to follow quarantine rules until their scheduled departure later this month or May.

The DOT-R9 team had accounted for and assisted 98 stranded tourists of different nationalities all over the region, with at least 61 signing up for the chartered flight to Manila, including Americans, Canadians, Belgians, Indonesians, Taiwanese, Singaporeans, and Malaysians.

DOT Photo

The team also assisted one Russian national in coordination with the Russian Consulate Office in Cebu and provincial governments of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte.  The Russian who was then in Zamboanga City took the DOT van to Dipolog passing through Zamboanga Sibugay until they reached Zamboanga del Norte where he took the boat to Cebu.

DOT Photo

In close coordination with the LGUs, the DOT-R9 extended various forms of assistance to the 36  remaining guests, including facilitating requests for medical check-up, transfer accommodation, rebooking of flights or  priority-listing for upcoming flight resumption.

DOT-R9 encouraged local residents to report to the Department of Tourism at e-mail address [email protected] the names and location of stranded travelers needing help.

Balikbayan Media Center
Balikbayan Media Center

Balikbayan Magazine's Media Center serves an audience in 60 countries and 101 cities throughout the World to ignite, drive, and fuel the economic development, progression, and modernisation of the Philippines. Our Media Center curates only the most critical, vital, useful, entertaining, and sometimes amusing information released from both the public and private sector. Our editorial team strongly believes that a well-rounded and well-informed society is a thriving society.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.