DOT: Fake COVID test results undermine efforts to keep Boracay safe

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat commended the Aklan provincial police for its swift action in dealing with six suspects from Luzon who allegedly falsified COVID-19 test results to enter Boracay.

Puyat said that similar malicious actions “will not be condoned as they undermine the collaborative efforts at protecting and reviving Boracay tourism.”

Last week, Puyat announced a partnership of the Department of Tourism with the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital to partly subsidize the cost of the RT-PCR test worth 1,800 pesos per kit for Boracay-bound tourists to make travel to the island affordable.

The subsidy will come from the Tourism Promotion Board, the DOT’s marketing arm.

Meanwhile, data from the Malay municipal tourism office showed 4,154 tourists visited Boracay in November. A total of 1,646 tourists arrived on the island via Caticlan port from December 1 to 5, 965 of which were from the National Capital Region.


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