The tourism department announced it is partly subsidizing the cost of coronavirus tests to Filipino tourists bound for Boracay, as government looked to revive the sector that suffered as a result of the pandemic.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat in a meeting with the Boracay coronavirus task force said the move had come from a partnership with UP’s Philippine General Hospital.
The subsidy will be sourced from the agency’s tourism promotion board with the cost at 1,800 pesos per RT-PCR kit.
Puyat shared, “We cannot stress fully enough the importance of showing our seriousness in carrying out our protocols and guidelines. It is our wish to make more affordable RT-PCR tests to encourage more visits.”
Other things which the task force agreed include training of personnel from the governments of Aklan and Malay for contact tracing and other coronavirus-related measures and securing at least 1,500 RT-PCR test kits.