QUEZON CITY – Quezon City has positioned itself as the new Health and Wellness Tourism Capital of the Philippines, the Manila Bulletin reported on Friday.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signed the City Ordinance 2799-2018 declaring the city as the country’s top destination in health and wellness.
Under the local decree, the city government must promote medical hospital facilities offering high quality medical services with a hospitable workforce and latest facilities at a reasonable price.
Penned by Councilor Kate Abigael Coseteng, the ordinance is calling on medical and tourism stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan highlighting Quezon City as the medical tourism destination by crafting programs and policies in line with the City Tourism Development Plan.
A technical working group (TWG) will draft a development plan that is aligned with the City Tourism Development Plan, subject to the city council’s confirmation through a resolution.
The plan may include programs on tax holiday and incentives for medical facilities and amenities improvement and acquisition of modern medical and wellness equipment.
The City Health Department and the QC Tourism Department shall serve as the secretariat to facilitate and ensure the performance of the duties of the TWG.
“Growth is phenomenal and the Philippines is poised to benefit because of our hospitality, skilled doctors and ready facilities. Quezon City wants to be part of it and I want all of you to be part of this success story,” Bautista said in a statement.
Coseteng, who heads the Committee on Tourism Cultural Affairs, and Heritage, emphasized the number of hospitals and hotels in the city under her oversight contributed to the growth of the medical tourism industry.
“There are a lot of medical centers, clinics, fitness centers, aesthetic clinics, and hotels and travel agencies registered in Quezon City. They can come up with a plan or a package that will cater to clients with medical needs,” Coseteng said.
Medical packages can be made available for those who seek treatment in Quezon City, she added.