Beach owners and leisure establishment operators in Bagac and Morong towns are given pointers in capacity building through webinars conducted by the Provincial Tourism Office headed by former Pilar town mayor Alice Pizarro. Bataan Board Member Romano “Popoy” Del Rosario, chair of committees on tourism and peace and order and public safety, said most beach owners are still hesitant to start operation because they could not foresee possible profitability in operating at 50 percent capacity. “Stringent health protocols being imposed by the local government units is another factor that discouraged them from going into full operation at this time of pandemic,” said Board Member Del Rosario.
As of now, only the Las Casas de Filipinas in Bagac is operating but on pre-arranged basis. Walk-in clients are not allowed, he said. Nick Santiago Ancheta, Bagac municipal administrator, said daily collection from the beach operators before the pandemic period reached more or less P1 million on an ordinary day. “As our governor Abet Garcia said,there should be a delicate balance between health and economy,” added Del Rosario.