Ayon kay Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo, malaking epekto ang negative global perception para mas maiangat pa ang tourism potentials ng Pilipinas para sa mga dayuhan.
Sabi naman ni former DILG secretary Rafael Alunan III, ang PESTE o Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental issues ng bansa ay naging contributing factor din sa global perception ng bansa.
“The perception also tends to view that as long that crisis is there, it’s not safe for tourists to be there.”
Ito ang sabi ni Alunan.
Pero ayon naman kay Philippine Tour Operators Association president Cesar Cruz, hindi dapat sisihin ang media sa malabo na global perception ng bansa sa mata ng mga turista.
“We cannot totally blame the media because the media –they’re there to actually come up with reports. Sa atin din nanggaling ito –sa government… sa private sectors,” ayon kay Cruz.
Sabi nya, ang patuloy na Martial law in Mindanao ay isa mga dahilan that affects perception ng Pilipinas.
“The word ‘martial law’ has a very negative perception. It connotes something else [as well as]the reason [why] there is a martial law but prolonged martial law [gives] a different perspective.”
May pahabol naman na banat si Bernard Ong, isang economist, tungkol dito.
Teo is right that the Philippines is perceived negatively. She is wrong to think this is a problem of perception.
1. Philippines is indeed a center of calamities. From Auring to Vinta – that’s 22 significant storms in 2017. Same with earthquakes – Surigao, Batangas, Leyte. Calamities are part of our geographic risk. But the real problem is our disaster management.
2. Government reduced Calamity funds from 38.9-B in 2016 (Aquino budget) to 15.7-B in 2017 (first Duterte budget). By March 2017, only 5.8-B was left.
3. Project NOAH – the innovative disaster risk reduction program – was operated by DOST from 2012 until Feb 2017. The Duterte government defunded it. It was adopted by UP but it doesn’t have same resources as fully-funded government program.
4. Won’t be much better in 2018. Only 19.6B is budgeted – around 50% of 2016 level. Disaster management is simply not a priority – unlike the other man-made disaster: the War on Drugs.
5. Tourists worry about any country with thousands of drug-related killings in a year. Doesn’t matter if you call it EJK, Nanlaban, or murder. There are other safer countries to choose from.
6. Government’s frequent justification of “collateral damage” as part of drug “war” reinforces fears. Drug War is indiscriminate. Tourists can be caught in the crossfire. Better safe than sorry.
7. Martial Law indeed creates negative perceptions. Extension in Mindanao – and constant threat by Duterte to impose it nationwide – tells tourists the country is unsafe. Our law says it can only be declared “in case of invasion or rebellion, when public safety requires it”. Martial Law is admission that the country is unsafe.
8. For the record, there is no “overwhelming support” for Martial Law extension. Per SWS, it is opposed by 62% nationwide, 62% in Mindanao as well.
9. And finally you have the idiot who keeps saying “[email protected] ina US. [email protected] ina EU”. Will you visit another country who’s president says “[email protected] Ina Philippines”? Of course not. You will stay away from idiocy.
Perception is bad. Our reality is worse.
Ang tanong: Tama ba ang sinabi ni Ong na ang EJK, prolonged Martial law, at bastos na bunganga ni Duterte, atbp ang dahilan kung bakit malabo ang tingin ng mga turista sa bansa natin ngayon?