DOT, BID check on Korean-owned establishments in Davao City
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) — The Department of Tourism and the Bureau of Immigration
and Deportation have inspected establishments reportedly owned by Korean tourists here in the
aftermath of the city council’s move for regulation, the Tourism regional director said.
DOT Southeastern Mindanao chief Sonia Garcia admitted some Koreans have put up enterprises in
the city without permits, but attributed it to “ignorance” of the requirements.
She said they had jointly visited establishments reported to be owned and run by foreigners, zeroing
in to the Koreans for now.
She said the city council initiative, which earned the nod of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, prompted them
to start establishing mechanisms to prevent a backlash on the city’s tourism and the economy.
She said they wanted to prevent what happened in Cebu City where the government closed down
establishments that catered exclusively to Koreans only.
“That cannot be. It should not happen here,” she said.
She said the move is meant to straighten up legal gaps in the government’s effort to improve the
city’s tourism business.
She said the government has lured Koreans to the city but they want to make sure those who come
are good tourists and investors.
“We want you to pay the right taxes,” Garcia told reporters Wednesday addressing the Koreans doing
business in the city. (To be updated)