Boracay Island tourism workers in Aklan will be provided free swab tests to help protect them from Covid-19 infection as the island reopens its doors to tourists. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has set aside P1.6 million for the purpose.
Tourism Secretary Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat who expects increase local tourist arrivals in the island paradise in the months ahead said that by supporting RT-PCR testing among Boracay workers they merely want tp stress that “safety is the unparalleled priority in reopening domestic tourism, and we want to restore confidence among travelers and protect their health and well-being as our tourism workers get their livelihood back.”
Boracay has recently reopened its doors to tourists from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) areas as approved by the Inter Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) the DOT has undertaken similar initiatives to ensure safety in other tourism destinations like Baguio City.
The DOT allocated P1.8 million from the TPB’s special contingency fund to support the antigen testing and swab tests among Baguio City visitors.
Through the TPB, the DOT also funded Baguio’s first ever Visitor Information and Travel Assistance visitor management system that will allow for real-time tracking and contact-tracing among tourists from Region 1.
Puyat said TPB will focus also on helping prepare and improve the readiness of tourism destinations “in terms of readiness with health and safety protocols, which in turn will increase confidence among local travelers.”