(PNA file photo courtesy of Romy Gonzales) 

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is drumming up its information education campaign (IEC) on ordinances for tourists visiting the country's summer capital.
City Tourism Officer Aloysius Mapalo, in a phone interview on Wednesday, said they are uploading information on the Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VISITA) website to allow visitors and tourists to access or read them before they come to the city.

“It is now being uploaded because the city wants them to know what is allowed and not allowed in Baguio,” Mapalo said.

The VISITA website was established to serve as an online tourist registration portal which is part of the city's tourism recovery and plan and a contact tracing mechanism amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Through the system, the city government can regulate and monitor the entry and mobility of guests through a ticketing system that has been upgraded to include more services such as booking assistance, itinerary planning, and an information portal for tourism events, among others.

Mapalo said tourists must remember that the city implements a no-smoking ordinance, with only a few designated smoking areas in establishments like hotels or restaurants.

He added that parks in the city are all no-smoking zones.

“We don’t want them to be cautioned or worse, apprehended and be fined or penalized for violating the ordinances,” he said.

Parking on the roads and in non-parking areas are also penalized with fines.

He added that the non-obstructive walking ordinance also prevents any person from walking while talking on a cellular telephone, including the use of a headset.

Jaywalking, littering, spitting and urinating in public places are also strictly prohibited in the city.

“We are strict on these ordinances and it is not an exemption that the person is a tourist not to be penalized,” Mapalo added. (PNA)