CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Calamba City will activate its Oplan SUMVAC 2012 on April 1 to assist tourists and motorists passing through the citys major thoroughfares and vital links to the Calabarzon region which groups Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.
SUMVAC, a contraction of summer vacation, became a multi-agency operational plan implemented for travelers during the summer months at the national level and has since been supported by local government units (LGUs), private firms, oil companies, civil society organizations and volunteer organizations.
For his part, Calamba City Mayor Joaquin Chipeco Jr. has sustained the yearly project which augurs well for the premier city as the site of the regional government center in the region and host to hundreds of hot and cold spring resorts, historical and eco-tourism landmarks and vacation spots nearest to Metro Manila.
The city serves as the gateway for travelers to the Calabarzon provinces via the provincial road connecting Lagunas lakeshore towns, the South Luzon Expressway, the Star Tollway and the Maharlika Highway connecting it to Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
Mayor Chipeco Jr, Vice Mayor Severino Lajara, City Council and Laguna 2nd District Rep. Justin Marc Chipeco spearhead this years summer vacation travel assistance projects implemented by the citys Public Order and Safety Office (POSO).
According to Christopher Nemes, POSO administrative officer, the project is also known as the Lakbay-Alalay 2012 para sa mga turista at motorista sa panahon ng bakasyon at Mahal Na Araw.
Nemes said this years project has 300 participants including reservists, city health medical teams, public information officers, civil society groups, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel, city and Lagunas traffic management officers, barangay officials, city tourism officers, Primo radio communications, Kabayan non-government organization and the Triskellion fraternity volunteers.
The Calamba City POSO also implements the city disaster risk reduction and management operations, and organizes the quick response teams under the multi-agency project on traffic management, transport and passengers safety, health emergency and the public welfare.
City tourism supervising officer Net Estrada said the city is home to more than 300 private cold and hot spring resorts in villas and subdivisions and 15 public resorts where visitors, tourists and vacationers add to the citys traffic volume during summer.
Estrada said the resorts are accessible as they are located in the citys contiguous barangays of Bucal, Pansol, Bagong Kalsada and Masilia although passing through the Laguna provincial road may be cluttered with scores of motorists and tourist vehicles beginning this month.
She recalled that tourists, visitors and motorists are assisted through the SUMVAC centers and tents even from participating gasoline stations along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from San Pedro up to Calamba City.
The SUMVAC tents attend to tourists and travelers needing assistance on their proposed trips including directional maps, routes, travel time and distance considerations.
Nemes said the SUMVAC centers will be stationed near the Silangan and Canlubang toll plazas, at the approaches of the Real Road and Barangay Turbina in the Maharlika Highway and the Halang and Bagong Kalsada along the provincial road connecting to Los Baños, Laguna. (PNA)