New facility to strengthen promotion of Samal Island
According to Philippine Department of Tourism Director (DOT) Robert Alabado, the facility is expected to open at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Samal this October. The hyperbaric chamber will ensure divers receive efficient medical support when diving off Samal Island, situated off Davao in Mindanao.
Once in operation, tourism is eager to market Samal Island as one of the best dive locations in the country. “When we market diving as a tourist activity, there is a requirement because diving can be dangerous if improper procedures are made. We are going to lessen the risks by having an equipment such as this chamber. Our tourists will be assured that they are in safe hands,” added Tourism Assistant Secretary Art Boncato Jr.
The still-functioning hyperbaric chamber in Cebu will be transferred once the new facility million is completed. Samal had a hyperbaric chambers eight years ago, but closed it down when owners decided to transfer the facility to Manila due to lack of market.