DRRMO Noveleta DRRMO personnel watch over the tourists at Long Beach Resort in Coastal Bgy. San Rafael IV, Noveleta, Cavite on Easter Monday, April 10, 2023. Photo by DENNIS ABRINA

Cavite tourism, PCG ready for influx of tourists to beaches, resorts

April 10, 2023 Dennis Abrina 504 views

TANZA, Cavite – Tourists are expected to flock to the beaches and resorts here in Cavite starting Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023 as most will go for a family or “barkada outing” after the end of Holy Week and the long holiday.

Cavite authorities, the provincial tourism, and Coast Guard expect a surge of tourists this year’s dry season as restrictions eased as summer activities were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic less than four years ago.

Cavite Provincial Tourism Office (CPTO) Provincial Tourism Officer Rozelle Sangalang, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Cavite Lieutenant Commander Ailene Abanilla, and Cavite Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Police Colonel Christopher Olazo, merged for information drive for safe travel, excursions, and vacations at tourist spots and resorts in the province.

In an interview with Sangalang, she said LGUs (local government units) and local tourism offices, in partnership with the PCG-Cavite, are closely monitoring the beaches and resorts.

“[The] number of tourists going to beaches [has been] increasing since summer started based on the record of each LGUs, and we are expecting this number to go even higher this Easter Sunday,” Sangalang said.

“The LGUs, especially the tourism office, Local Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (LDRRMO), and local police offices of seven cities and 16 towns and their respective tourism establishments in partnership with the Provincial Government of Cavite, Philippine Coast Guard, and the Department of Tourism (DOT) have long been preparing for this and in fact, several Lifeguard Certification Training [has] been conducted since 2021 and have produced over a hundred certified lifeguards to ensure the safety and security of tourists in beaches and other water recreational facilities in Cavite,” Sangalanag added.

Meanwhile, Abanilla said that the training program for responders, such as Water Search and Rescue Training and Lifeguard Qualification Training, continues to augment qualified personnel or lifeguards.

“Currently, all our Coast Guard Sub-Stations are on alert, and we have a designated Malasakit Help Desk, particularly at our public beaches, to watch and monitor our beachgoers together with our volunteers from our partners Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) Squadron. Our PCG-K9 also randomly conducts paneling in selected resorts to ensure everyone’s safety,” Abanilla said.