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The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed concern about the safety of tourists and employees in Tagaytay City as Senator Francis Tolentino called on business establishments there to reopen as soon as possible.

In a statement Friday (January 17), DOT called on tourism stakeholders in areas affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption “to strictly heed the advice” of agencies in charge of handling the disaster.

“The DOT trusts that the local government unit, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) and other concerned government agencies will seek guidance from DOST-Phivolcs to ensure the safety of our tourists and tourism employees in their decision to resume business operations in Tagaytay,” the agency said.

DOT earlier advised hotels, restaurants and other tourism establishments in areas affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption to immediately cease operations.

Batangas and Cavite, where Tagaytay City is located, are the two provinces most affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption.

Despite the DOT’s advice, Business Mirror reported that Tolentino met with representatives of hotels and restaurants in Tagaytay City about resuming operations.

“Sources told the BusinessMirror late Thursday, Tolentino met with the Tagaytay Tourism Council and hotel operators in Tagaytay and impressed on them ‘to open as soon as possible,'” the paper reported Friday.

Tagaytay City’s mayor is Agnes Tolentino, the senator’s sister-in-law. His brother, Abraham, represents the popular tourist destination in the House of Representatives.

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