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Subic’s Ocean Adventure needs your donation to keep dolphins, sea lions alive

May 1, 2020 @ 8:27
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Ocean Adventure, the biggest tourism operator at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, is launching a donation drive “to keep its animals alive and well” during the Luzon lockdown period, according to the Philippine News Agency.

In a statement on Tuesday, Robert Ianne Gonzaga, president and chief executive officer of the waterpark’s operator, Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. (SBMEI), described the fund drive for the animals as “an unprecedented but necessary step.”

Since the implementation of ECQ last March, Gonzaga said revenues had gone down to zero and will remain so for the short term while the costs and expenses remain high due to the caring and feeding of animals and maintenance of the facilities.

“We rely only on our revenues to deliver the best of care for our animals and to ensure that they are in a safe and secure environment, with expert support available from our vets and caretakers,” he said.

Before the coronavirus lockdown, Ocean Adventure was known to attrack hundreds of thousands of visitors to Subic Freeport every year.

Last month, it retrenched more than 200 of its employees and placed the remaining 300 on forced leave, according to the PNA report.

“The disruption this pandemic has caused is unprecedented and likely to last for quite some time into the future, even after the quarantine is lifted,” Gonzaga said.

“Our attendance numbers started plummeting in late January as concern for Covid-19 began to spread, and it got worse in February, which forced us to retrench workers in March — days before the entire Luzon was put under lockdown,” he said.

“Now, all our businesses have shut down, aside from the hotel which is operating with a skeletal force. There is a lot of pain being felt across the entire tourism industry,” Gonzaga said.

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