President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has revealed his plan to pursue more infrastructure projects that would help promote the country’s tourism industry.
Malacañang the President unveiled his plan during his second meeting with his Cabinet on Tuesday. The Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) said Marcos cited Singapore’s policies and infrastructure plans that are seen as major contributors to its good tourism performance despite limited natural resources.
“That means that it can be done. We just have to support the plan to develop all of these enabling environment – the policy, conditions, and infrastructure,” the OPS quoted Marcos, as having declared.
Malacanang said Marcos also broached the idea of improving healthcare facilities in big tourist destinations like Boracay Island, and cited similar arrangements on beaches in Hawaii and Thailand.
The President likewise emphasized the need to make travel and lodging in the country easier for tourists. Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco agreed that tourism policies must be improved, saying the Philippines is “certainly not at a disadvantage, given the availability of its natural resources and wealth of talent, as well as products and people.”
Aside from measures to boost the tourism industry, the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program and priority transportation projects were also discussed during the second Cabinet meeting, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said.