Gordon bats for ‘damage control’
Former Senator and Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon, in response to the recent kidnapping of four individuals in Samal Island in Davao last Sept. 21, called for the creation of a continuity plan to safely recover the victims and avoid a repeat of the incident that has tarnished the Philippines’ image in the world’s tourism stage.
Gordon said that the government should safeguard the other tourism havens and destinations that may be vulnerable with regular patrols and a heightened presence by the authorities.
“When you invite in the tourists, we should also make sure that they’re protected during their stay in the country,” he emphasized.
Gordon said the DoT should create a continuity plan to mend the tarnished image the country had suffered due to the incident. This will restore loyalty and continued patronage both for foreign and local visitors, he said.
All tourism destinations must have a security plan that must be strictly implemented to avert similar incidents in the future, he pointed out.
In 2009, Gordon authored the Senate R.A. 9593, which aims to strengthen the country’s attraction as a premier tourism destination that would pave the way for other benefits resulting in a positive global view of the country.