THE DAVAO City government, in coordination with health and tourism authorities, is preparing about 600 rooms in 16 hotels as quarantine facilities for inbound international passengers.

“We are ready because we have all the process in place sa (at the) airport and even with our hotels, this is a welcome development because at least it will boost economic activity,” City Tourism Operations Officer Generose D. Tecson said in a virtual briefing last week.

She said the local government, together with regional representatives of the Department of Tourism and the Health department’s Bureau of Quarantine, have been checking hotel facilities in the past two weeks.

Last week, 99 Filipino seamen arrived at the Davao International Airport via a chartered flight of Garuda Airlines from Fiji. The overseas workers are currently billeted in accredited quarantine hotels for the required 10-day isolation period under the national policy.

The Davao airport was reopened to all flights, both scheduled and chartered, on May 5. — Maya M. Padillo