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The Department of Tourism (DOT), as the co-vice chair of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), condemns the tourists from Luzon who counterfeited COVID-19 test results upon entry in the island on Monday (Dec. 7).

The DOT commends the swift action of the Aklan provincial police in dealing with the suspects. Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that similar malicious actions will not be condoned as they undermine the collaborative efforts at protecting and reviving Boracay tourism.

Early this month, the DOT announced its partnership with the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) to partly subsidize its RT-PCR test worth Php 1,800 for Boracay-bound tourists in order to make affordable travel to the island.

The tourism chief further urges the stakeholders and visitors alike to keep the country’s banner destination COVID-19 free by strictly adhering to the health and safety protocols.

Published:January 14, 2021

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