By NITZ ARANCON
Cagayan de Oro City Hall on Friday called on all tourist establishments in the city to secure the accreditation approved by the Department of Tourism (DOT) prior for their renewal or application for Mayor’s business permit.
No business permit to be issued at City Hall to the tourist establishments of the city, without the accreditation as approved from the Department of Tourism, according to Cagayan de Oro mayor Oscar Moreno during press conference Friday morning.
He even said that before he signed a business permit, tourist establishments, such as Hotels, Inn, and resorts, an approved accreditation from the DOT was secured.
Moreno said they made it at the City Hall with the Department of Tourism, to protect the city and the tourists.
“Laliman kag makabista unya dinhi sa ato, ang mga foreign Tourist, unya diha sila maka stay sa mga hotel nga wala magsubay sa standard sa DOT, unsa may mahitabo sa dungog sa Cagayan de Oro” said Moreno.
He also said that the reputation of Cagayan de Oro will be shaken in other cities and other countries of the world, if tourists can experience poor accommodation in the city.
In her part, DOT regional director May Unchuan said that prior the city to issue business permit, they would visit tourist establishment, if they have passed based on DOT standard.
“The only thing we really want to investigate is their environmental compliance, let’s see if they have passed the standard” said Unchuan.
Unchuan said they strictly stipulate the accommodation standards of tourist establishments, due to the memorandum circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).