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Bohol remains a “totally safe destination” in Ph

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines – Bohol tourism industry stakeholders both in government and the private sector declared Bohol a destination totally safe to visit at any given time.
Bohol Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) Chairman Atty. Lucas Nunag and Governor Edgar Chatto issued the univocal assurance on April 25 as both signed the statement amidst the special travel advisories issued by countries from which the bulk of tourists in Bohol come.
Nunag read the joint statement during the internal launching of new Bohol tourism slogan “Behold Bohol,” at the Bohol Tropics on April 26.
The joint statement issued by the PTC and the PLGU in Bohol said: “It is our duty to properly inform you that the area where the ASG attempted to operate is very far from the tourism zone like the beach resorts of Panglao as well as the popular destinations in Bohol.”
Nunag also pointed out that the tourism zones remain very peaceful and free from the threats of the Abus Sayyaf.
He cited that the ASG planned terroristic activities were all thwarted and aborted by the military and the cooperation of communities.
He even assured further that to ensure the safety of the traveling public, checkpoints are in place in the entry and exit points of tourism zones.
Meanwhile, in another joint press statement, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police through Centcom Commander Lieutenant General Oscar Lactao and PCSupt. Noli Taliño cited the success of Bohol’s hosting of the ASEAN as a testament that Central Visayas is a peaceful place to live, work and do business with.
Now with the above reasons and as an open invitation for the fiesta seasons, Bohol officials say “the traditional warm hospitality of the people of Bohol awaits.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.