Senator Nancy Binay has appealed to members of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) to donate pillows and beddings to COVID-19 quarantine centers.
“The hospitals and quarantine centers are already too overwhelmed and preoccupied. Broadly speaking, the TCP can be the backline in this fight against COVID-19 by giving out soaps, donating pillows and linens, at iba pang kagamitan para sa mga quarantine centers natin,” said Binay, who chairs the Senate Committee on Tourism.
According to government quarantine guidelines, all local government units are required to establish isolation units.
“The TCP is in a unique position to help and complement our hospitals and local quarantine centers. They have the backbone in providing viable solutions to quarantine challenges at this very critical time. Even by donating soaps can already spell hope,” Binay pointed out.
The procurement of bedding essentials amid halted production is a key issue that must not be overlooked, said the lawmaker.
Binay noted that tourism establishments are well equipped to respond to the challenge of constantly changing sheets.
“Daily reality ng mga hotel, inn, at iba pang hospitality establishments ang pagsiguro na malinis ang tutulugan ng kanilang customers. They are definitely well-equipped to deal with the issue of hygiene,” said Binay.
She expressed confidence that many establishments would answer the call for help, despite the tourism industry also taking a massive hit due to the global pandemic.
“This would require sacrifice on the part of the private sector, pero naniniwala akong marami sa mga partners natin sa Tourism Congress ay willing naman tumulong at gawin ang makakaya para malagpasan natin ang krisis na ito,” Binay added.
The TCP is government’s private sector counterpart created under the Tourism Act of 2009 (RA 9593). TCP represents tourism establishments like hotels, resorts, theme parks, travel and tour operators and other stakeholders in the country’s tourism industry./Stacy Ang