The City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati has been issued a a show-cause order by the government after the controversial death of a Philippine Airlines flight attendant.
In its order, Department of Tourism (DOT) regional director Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said City Garden may have violated government policies for accepting guests for leisure purposes.
“It has come to the attention of the DOT that the demise of a Philippine Airlines flight attendant allegedly occurred during a party held in your establishment on 31 December 2020,” Maquiling told City Garden General Manager Richard Reazon.
“We understand based on reports that several individuals have checked-in or spent the evening in one of your rooms on the said date,” he added.
Maquiling then pointed out that under DOT Administrative Order No. 2020-002-C, an accommodation establishment in areas declared to be under general community quarantine that is concurrently being used as a quarantine facility may not provide accommodation for leisure purposes.
“Permitted guests are only those that fall under the enumeration in Section 24 thereof, subject to the allowable room occupancy under DOT Memorandum Circular No. 2020-002-B. On the other hand, DOT Administrative Order No. 2020-006-C provides that hotels accommodating guests for staycation purposes must not be concurrently used as a quarantine or isolation facility,” he further said.
City Garden Hotel has three days to respond to the show-cause order. It should explain why its DOT accreditation should not be suspended or revoked for violation of the foregoing issuances.