P8 million allotted for Boracay workers’ swab tests
Ghio Ong, Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) - October 13, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has allotted P8 million for the RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests of tourism workers in Boracay.

The agency is expecting more tourists to flock to the island as other tourism destinations in the country are still hesitant to reopen.

“By supporting RT-PCR testing among workers in Boracay, the DOT reiterates that safety is a priority in reopening domestic tourism,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

“We want to restore confidence among travelers and protect their health and well-being as our tourism workers get their livelihood back,” Puyat added.

Boracay started accepting domestic tourists including from Metro Manila on Oct. 1.

The reopening of the island is crucial to the resumption of tourism activities across the country, Puyat said earlier.

Apart from funding the RT-PCR test of Boracay tourism workers, the DOT, through its Tourism and Promotions Board, has taken similar efforts to ensure safety in other tourism destinations like Baguio City.

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