THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 6 lauded the Local Government Unit of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental for the prompt and positive action to claims that a certain restaurant is exhibiting or displaying obscene sculptures.
The DOT received the complaint against the restaurant from a concerned citizen. The complainant cited that the public eatery violated Article 201 (Immoral Doctrines, Obscene Publications and Exhibitions and Indecent Shows) of the Revised Penal Code which was amended by Presidential Decree 960 and 969 series of 1976.
The complainant believed that the obscene sculptures could blemish the tourism industry.
DOT-6 immediately conducted preliminary inquiry as to the allegations in the complaint. Considering that the restaurant is not DOT-accredited, the agency endorsed the complaint to San Carlos City LGU for appropriate action.
The LGU immediately sent a letter to the restaurant management which instantly removed the obscene sculptures.
"We are delighted that San Carlos City LGU swiftly took action on the complaint. DOT-6 hopes that this kind of response will inspire other LGUs to do the same so we can address public concerns better. We also encourage everyone to report any tourism-related concerns in the locality so we could immediately respond on the matter and take appropriate action. With the help of everybody, we can have an engaged and more responsive tourism sector in Western Visayas,"said DOT-6 Regional Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas. (MDO)