Dalipe orders Sta. Cruz beach capacity increased

Mayor John Dalipe has ordered an increase in the number of tourists wanting to visit the city’s world renowned Great Sta. Cruz Island located approximately 2.15 nautical miles from the mainland downtown Zamboanga.

Dalipe’s order was contained in his Memorandum No. JDAdm-2022-097 dated July 20, 2022 to the Protected Area and Management Office (PAMO) Officer-in-Charge Rodel C. Rodriguez through Supervising Tourism Officer Sarita Sebaastian-Hernandez.

Dalipe reasoned out that the lifting of travel restrictions in Zamboanga City under Alert Level 1 has surged tourist arrivals to almost pre-pandemic numbers, prompting tourist sites and even beaches to operate at full capacity.

In his directive to PAMO, the chief executive wants the number of visitors to Sta. Cruz Island increased to 500 every day, an effort to boost not only the city’s tourism industry but its economy as well.

Moreover, the mayor believed that the increased capacity will also help the locals whose livelihoods—canoeing, transport services and selling of souvenirs and novelty items—are dependent on the visitors.

Prior to this, the number of visitors at Sta. Cruz Island was limited to 200 daily, owing to the pandemic.-(Vic Larato)