Accompanied by representatives from the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 1, select staff from the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) conducted an ocular inspection at identified tourist destinations and at accommodation establishments that have applied for DOT accreditation. Inclusive dates of the inspection were from May 26 to May 28, June 1 to June 4 and June 8 to June 10, 2021.
This initiative is to ensure that health and safety practices and protocols are properly implemented in respective tourism-related establishments as well as to raise awareness of tourism stakeholders’ protection amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The group from DOT-R1 also distributed safety signages and markers to DOT-accredited establishments to promote the safe reopening of tourism. In addition, the ocular inspection is relative to the tourism product development program of the PTCAO wherein emerging tourist destinations that can be incorporated in tour circuits per district of Pangasinan are determined.
Cities and towns that were visited were Dagupan City, Calasiao, Lingayen, Dasol, Burgos, Bolinao, San Fabian, Aguilar, Bugallon, Tayug, Santa Maria, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Balungao, Rosales, Mangatarem, Bayambang, Asingan, San Manuel, San Nicolas, and Mangaldan.