By BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
At least three tourist land transport vehicles of the Caticlan Boracay Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative-Shuttle Van Group (CBTMPC-SVG) will be given accreditation by the Department of Tourism (DOT).
“The issuance of accreditation to tour operators would guarantee the convenience and safety of tourists visiting the province and to the world famous tourist destination - Boracay Island,” said DOT Boracay officer-in-charge Judith Icotanim.
CBTMPC-SVG Business Manager Jingco said that his group submitted the requirements for DOT-6 accreditation and also sought partnership with Mabuhay Hosts Association to ensure quality service to local and foreign tourists.
Every tourist operator must be found roadworthy, properly equipped with adequate air-conditioning units, and with at least one portable fire extinguisher for the protection of its passengers, he added.
DOT accreditation had been issued to tourist land transport operator Southwest Tours much earlier but Icotanim said this is the first time a transport cooperative would be given Certificate of Accreditation by DOT 6 Regional Director Edwin Trompeta in Aklan.
CBTMPC-SVG recently opened its 800-square meter Kalibo transport terminal equipped with comfort rooms, passenger waiting area, canteen and a sprawling parking area for its 42 L300 utility vans plying the Kalibo-Caticlan route.
“This (accreditation) would regulate the fares and improve the tourist transport services to our visitors,” Jingco claimed./MP