|WHO clears country of SARS|
World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Philippines — Bohol in
particular — as free from the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
representative Jean Marc Olivé, who spoke before the delegates of the
Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on Crisis Management in Manila last June 18,
said that as of June 12, the Philippines is no longer in the list of countries
with probable cases of SARS.
his presentation, Olivé scored the media for irresponsible and erroneous
reporting especially on SARS after news reports surfaced in areas that
supposedly have probable SARS cases when there were none at all.
Erico Aumentado, who was the only governor invited to attend the summit jointly
sponsored by the World Tourism Organization and the Department of Tourism,
shared Olivé sentiments in what he viewed as “irresponsible journalism” on
the part of a local vernacular weekly which headlined last Thursday that there
was a probable SARS case in the province.
has been, and continues to be, SARS-free,” the governor reiterated.
the same time, he appealed “to all Boholanos all over the world”, especially
those in Canada, USA, Australia and Europe to attend the Tigum Bol-anon sa
Tibuok Kalibutan (TBTK) and the biennial Confederation of Boholanos in the USA
and Canada convention as well as the Home Reach Balik-Bohol medical mission on
July 13-25, 2003.
said based on the daily monitoring conducted by the WHO, there are only 2
countries left with probable cases of SARS – Beijing in China and Taipei,
the same time, the WHO has recommended an exit screening for international
travelers departing from Toronto in Canada, Beijing, Hongkong and Taipei.
WHO however, advised travelers to postpone all but essential travels to Beijing.
admitted that because of SARS, tourism-related incomes of Asian countries went
down during the past 3 months.
on the other hand, experienced an influx of tourists at the time.
Aumentado, who also attended the 2nd Sub-regional Workshop on Tourism
Statistics and the Elaboration of Tourism Accounts last June 16 and 17, reported
that Bohol is now included in the road map of world tourism.
said he was also elated that the
WOW-Bohol Calendar and the tourism collaterals he brought over with him
were a huge success among the delegates, with them clamoring to get a copy of
governor said Tourism Sec. Richard Gordon, in his presentation, repeatedly
referred to Bohol and its efforts at maintaining the status as the number one
provincial tourist destination in the country.
Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is bullish on Bohol’s tourism, putting the
Panglao Airport on top of the list of the 3 major airport projects for the
country’s tourism development, followed by Coron in Palawan and Caticlan in
Aklan – the gateway to Boracay.
willing, the Panglao Airport project has a big chance of being included in the
27th Yen Loan Package of the Japan Bank for International
Cooperation,” Aumentado said.
this be the case, he said the civil works could start by 2006 or 2007.
crisis management summit was convened to discuss the challenges and threats
faced by the tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region including terrorism,
economic recession, war in the Middle East and the SARS epidemic.
ministers, senior officials of national tourism administrations, representatives
from the private sector and international and regional organizations
participated in the summit.
technical workshop on TSA aimed to equip national tourism administrations,
national statistics offices, central banks and the tourism private sector in the
Asia-Pacific region with techniques and methodologies for developing a system of
tourism statistics and satellite accounts to measure the socio-economic impact
from the governor, DOT regional director Patria Aurora Roa, Waterfront Cebu
general manager Patrick Gregorio and Travel Village GM Walter Sultan attended
both conferences as representatives of the Central-Visayas Regional Tourism
Bron : Bohol Times
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