December 29, 2021 | 11:08
MANILA, Philippines – The Tourism Department said on Wednesday it will create a rehabilitation and recovery plan for tourist destinations affected by Typhoon Odette.
In a statement, the tourism agency said it is already doing a rapid assessment and collecting information on the Odette devastation to tourist destinations such as Bohol, Camiguin, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Occidental, Palawan, Siargao and Southern Leyte, so it can happen. with a rehabilitation and recovery plan.
âThe plan will focus on addressing the immediate concerns of affected tourism workers, such as cash-for-work or alternative livelihood programs and rebuilding affected facilities at various businesses,â DOT said.
He hoped to provide an inventory of damage to the tourism industry as soon as power and communication lines were fully restored.
In the meantime, the DOT has said it is exhausting all means to help the local government unit meet the immediate needs of those affected by Odette.
The tourism agency also said it was coordinating closely with the Ministry of Labor and Employment to provide financial assistance to tourism workers affected by the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year.
“We are supporting our Kababayans and our tourism actors in Visayas and Mindanao in these difficult times,” said DOT.
Meanwhile, the Tourism Promotion Council, the marketing and promotion unit of DOT, also facilitated the delivery of basic necessities and necessities to Cebu, Siargao, Tacloban, Palawan and Negros Oriental.
The DOT added that cash donations from tourism stakeholders were also given to the establishments and regional offices concerned.
DOT, in cooperation with the Makati Med Foundation, will continue the vaccination program for tourism workers in Siargao. They would also monitor the immediate medical needs of the community.
Based on the situation report of December 28, 2021 from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, a total of 1,082,910 families or 4,235,400 individuals were affected by Odette at MIMAROPA, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8 , Region 9, Region 10, Region 11, Region 12, CARAGA and BARMM.
The typhoon also cut off electricity, water supplies and communication lines in these areas.
The NDRRMC said a total of seven airports have been reported as non-operational. Five of which have already resumed their activities in MIMAROPA and in Region 10.
On the other hand, 128 seaports were declared non-operational. In total, 78 seaports have already reopened in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Region 5, Region 9, Region 10 and CARAGA.