DOT to fund RT-PCR testing for returning Boracay workers

The DOT will cover the cost RT-PCR testing for the Boracay Island's 4.000 tourism workers. Photo from File

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 13 (PIA) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) through the Tourist Promotions Board (TPB) will provide a total of Php 8 million to the provincial government of Aklan to cover the cost of Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing for the island’s 4,000 tourism workers.

“By supporting RT-PCR testing among workers in Boracay, the Department reiterates that safety is the unparalleled priority in reopening domestic tourism. We want to restore confidence amongst travelers and protect their health and well-being as our tourism workers get their livelihood back,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stated.

The DOT and the TPB have undertaken similar efforts to other tourism destinations around the country like Baguio City, which is open to tourists from the Ilocos Region provinces since October 1. Amongst the projects done are the allocation of Php1.8 million budget from the TPB’s Special Contingency Fund to support the adoption of antigen testing among Baguio visitors, and the funding of Baguio’s first-ever Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VIS.I.TA.) visitor management system that will allow for real-time tracking and contact tracing among tourists from Region 1.(TNN/PIA-IDPD)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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