Malacañang assured foreign vacationers on Friday (April 21) that it’s nonetheless protected– and fun– to go to the Philippines amid the journey advisories issued by sure nations and the reported mass cancellations of some trips.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned that whereas the federal government understands why there are nations which have suggested their residents in opposition to touring to the Philippines, it’s taking steps to deal with safety considerations.

“[W]e assure everyone that the Philippines remains a safe place to work, to conduct business, or simply to have fun. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo is corresponding with her counterparts in the region to give assurances on the matter,” he mentioned in a press release.

Despite the current encounter of the navy with members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Bohol, Abella famous that the ASEAN conferences in the province nonetheless pushed via. He mentioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) is refocusing its efforts on the safety preparations for the ASEAN summit scheduled subsequent week.

Meanwhile, Abella mentioned the safety round Palawan has been strengthened.

He added that whereas the federal government nonetheless advises vacationers to be conscious of their environment, “it is still more fun in the Philippines.”

Abella’s assertion comes on the heels of the journey advisories issued by the United States, Australia, Canada and South Korea telling their residents to watch out when visiting the Philippines.

The head of Rajah Tours, one of the largest journey companies in the nation, additionally mentioned some 400 Japanese vacationers have cancelled their trips after the navy’s conflict with the Abu Sayyaf.