Sanchez called for a dialogue between community residents and the resort owners and their hospitality girls. The Lubang mayor dismissed the emergence of the entertainment sector in the islands as an inevitable “part of the development process.” “Naturally, these are like hotels and the short-time stay is but one of their offers,” he said.
A woman official said that the entertainment industry has started to disturb the serene environment and the peace and tranquility of the islands.
She cited a couple that separated because of a marital conflict involving the visiting girls.
The women also raised the issue of health, but Sanchez said the town’s health office would monitor and check health matters. Some residents said these entertainers “come from Manila” and should be reshuffled often to avoid any further relationship besides “serving the men who go to the night joints to get drunk.”
Sanchez maintained that if the town was to develop its tourism industry, it should also be ready to receive the entertainment sector because “tourists would look for something to do at night time.”
The mayor reportedly advised local women to look after their husbands. “If no one patronizes the entertainment business, these would eventually close shop and pack up,” he said.