Duterte not likely to visit Boracay Island soon – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   October 2, 2020   •   784

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans to visit Boracay soon following the island’s reopening to more tourists after a nearly 6-month closure due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Friday.

“It’s abnormal times but I’m sure he would love to visit the Boracay as well ‘no. But right now, he’s actually very busy in Malago nowadays, so I don’t think a visit to Boracay in the near future could happen,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Boracay Island on Oct. 1 reopened to tourists from general community quarantine areas.

Around 35 visitors were recorded on its first day of welcoming back tourists.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) earlier issued guidelines for those who want to visit the island.

These requirements include a negative PCR coronavirus test result 48 to 72 hours before their trip, confirmed booking in DOT-accredited hotels in Boracay, and airline tickets. They also need to register online.

The department also reminded tourists to observe physical distancing and strictly follow other health protocols such as wearing face masks and face shields.

Roque said he will hold a press briefing at the world-renowned resort island on Monday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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DOT welcomes Aklan LGU move to waive RT-PCR test for fully-vaxxed tourists

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the measure of the Aklan local government unit (LGU) to no longer require confirmatory swab tests for fully vaccinated tourists visiting Boracay Island starting next week.

“The DOT welcomes the announcement of Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores on the decision to waive the RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated tourists as a requirement to enter Boracay starting November 16,” the DOT said in a statement.

Miraflores made the announcement Friday. However, he stressed that guests will still need to present proof of vaccination upon their arrival on the island.

Visitors to Boracay need to show their vaccination card with a QR code from the issuing LGU or a vaccination certificate from the VaxCertPH under DICT website.

Miraflores also underscored that unvaccinated individuals or those who only received one-dose of a two-shot regime still need to present a negative swab test result.

The easing of restrictions comes after over 94% of tourism workers in the island have completed their vaccine doses against COVID-19.

The DOT noted that in the last two months, Boracay experienced a “dramatic increase” of tourist arrivals, with a total of 32,452 visitors in October.

“We hope to see even more visitors for the months of November and December, given this positive development, and ensure everyone’s safety altogether now that Boracay’s fully vaxxed tourism workers are at 94%, while it’s entire eligible population is at 70% vaccinated,” the department said.

 

Turismo sa Boracay Island, unti-unti nang sumisigla

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2021

Umabot sa 2,371 na mga turista ang pumasok sa Isla ng Boracay noong Sabado, Oktubre 30 kasunod ng pagluluwag sa travel restrictions sa gitna ng pandemya.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Malay, ito ang pinakamaraming bilang ng mga turistang dumating sa isla sa loob ng isang araw buhat nang muli itong buksan sa mga turista noong Oktubre.

Kahit required pa rin ang swab test sa mga fully vaccinated, pinakamarami pa rin sa mga dumating na bisita ang mula sa National Capitol Region na sinundan ng mga taga-Aklan at Iloilo City.

Umaasa ang Department of Tourism na mas marami pang mga bakasyunista na mula sa Luzon at ibang lugar ang bibista sa isla kapag tuluyan nang inalis ang swab test requirement.

“Sa ngayon talagang still we are emphasizing for the health and safety protocols ng mga tourist natin, as well as paunti-unting bumabangon yung ekonomiya natin,” ani Felix Delos Santos Jr., ang Malay Chief Tourism Operations Officer.

Pinalawig na rin ang curfew hours sa Boracay. Mula sa dating alas-9:00 ng gabi hanggang alas-4:00 ng madaling araw ay gagawin na itong alas-dose ng hatinggabi hanggang alas-4:00 ng madaling araw.

Layon nito na mas masulit ng mga turista ang kanilang bakasyon at mas ma-appreciate ang ganda ng Boracay.

Mas mahaba na rin ang night life para sa mga bakasyunista pero bawal pa rin ang disco bar.

Umapela naman ang Philippine Chamber of Commerce Aklan chapter na mas palawigin rin ang business operating hours sa isla upang mabigyan din ng pagkakataon ang mga negosyante na makabawi.

Samantala, titiketan ang mga turista sa isla ng boracay na hindi sumusunod sa minimum health protocols na ipinapatupad ng IATF.

Pagmumultahin ng P2,500 ang mahuhuling walang suot na facemask.

Walang maaaring idahilan ang mga turistang mahuhuli dahil mahigpit itong ipinaalala sa kanila bago makapasok sa isla na nakasaad sa bagong IATF resolution.

Boracay Island, bukas na para sa mga turista mula NCR, at mga lugar na nasa GCQ at MGCQ – DOT

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

 

Maaari nang makapasok sa Boracay Island ang mga lokal na turista anuman ang edad, ayon sa Department of Tourism (DOT).

Ayon sa DOT, may go signal na mula sa Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang muling pagtanggap ng turista sa isla.

Ngunit paglilinaw ng kagawaran, sakop lamang nito ang mga turista na mula sa National Capital Region (NCR), at mga lugar na nasa general community quarantine (GCQ) at modified GCQ.

Dapat rin ay fully vaccinated kontra COVID-19 ang mga turista na may edad 65 pataas, mga menor de edad at buntis.

Sinabi rin ng DOT na kahit bakunado na ay required pa rin ang mga turista na magprisinta ng negative RT-PCR test na isinagawa 72 oras bago pumasok sa isla.

Kailangan rin nilang ipakita ang booking confirmation, ID, travel details, S-Pass travel at accomplished online health declaration form.

Noong Hulyo, tumanggap na rin ang isla ng safe travel stamp mula sa World Travel and Tourism Council bilang patunay na nakakasunod ito sa global health protocols.

Sa ngayon, 286 na mga establisyemento na sa Boracay ang may certificate to operate o katumbas ng 16,000 kwarto.

Mula ika-14 ng Oktubre, umabot na sa 9,640 ang tourist arrival sa isla na mas mataas kumpara noong buong buwan ng Setyembre na nasa 6,702 lamang.

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