Tourism stakeholders assure that Baguio City is back, ready to serve visitors
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (17 October) -- Tourism stakeholders in the City held a press conference Wednesday to assure the public that Baguio, which was hardly hit by the recent typhoon Pepeng, is ready to accept and serve tourist, as well as to host various events such as conferences and conventions.
Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. assured that the city is already back in business, as the typhoon's effect are only on confined areas and access roads to the city are now open. He also lauded President Arroyo for prioritizing the opening of all access roads to the city.
"The national government, through the Department of Public Works and Highways and with the initiative of the President, is now pouring its resources to totally rehabilitate the road networks leading to our city," Bautista said.
Department of Tourism (DOT-CAR) Regional Director Pura Molintas also assured that everything is back to normal and the city is now ready to bounce back. According to Molintas, public utility buses are now plying their routes.
"The prolonged travel time going in and out of Baguio, due to some problems in the lower part of Luzon, like flooding and damage to road infrastructure, is just a temporarily setback. In a few more days travel will be more comfortable as all concerned government agencies are working hard to solve the problem," Molintas said.
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio President (HRAB) and Baguio Country Club president Anthony De Leon, also confirmed that they are all set and ready for all the previous schedules or arrangements that they have made from small events such as wedding arrangements or up to the Fil-Am Golf tournament slated in December, wherein they expect about 1,200 participants from all over the country.
Camp John Hay General Manager Freddie Alquiroz also assured that the city is ever ready to handle the 2009 Ad Congress in November. Alquiroz is also confident that the road condition will not be a determent by that time.
Baguio Associations of Hotel and Inns (BAHAI) president Jeanine Chan and Baguio Association of Restaurants Lourdes Ng, shared the sentiments of the other panelists.
Other panelists were City Councilors Pinky Chan Rondez and Richard Cariņo, Amboy Guevara of Baguio Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ms Onie Aguinalde of the Academe sector, Mr Moises Cating of Hotel and Restaurants Association in Baguio City and City Tourism Officer Benny Alhambra. (PIA) [top]