Domestic tourists can now be more assured in traveling as at least 67% of tourism workers all over the Philippines are now vaccinated against Covid-19, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
To further ease travel restrictions, the national government is prioritizing the vaccination of tourism workers in several tourist destinations, Puyat said in a radio interview.
She also noted that Boracay Island could finally attain a 100% vaccination rate after two to three weeks.
"Yung Boracay malapit na mag-100% vaccination, including tourism workers plus residents. Kung first dose pa lang naka-96.71% na tayo sa tourism workers, kung kasama ang residents, 88.26% so probably fully-vaccinated na ito in two to three weeks," Puyat said in a report by GMA News.
(In Boracay, we may attain a 100% vaccination rate in two to three weeks. So when we talk about the first dose, 96.71% of tourism workers are already vaccinated, and if you include the residents, that will be 88.26%.)
When all tourism workers and residents are vaccinated, fully vaccinated tourists going to Boracay Island will no longer need to present a negative RT-PCR test result, as promised by Governor Miraflores.
Other Tourist Destinations
Meanwhile, in other tourist destinations such as Baguio, 100% of its tourism workers are already inoculated, and travelers only need to present their vaccination cards when they visit the City of Pines.
Puyat also mentioned that Negros Occidental and Iloilo City accept vaccination cards as domestic tourists' travel requirements.
She added that the national government is still working on its restrictions regarding foreign tourists who want to travel to the country.
"We're working on first na sana mababa na 'yung... kasi matagal na since the Department of Tourism had already asked for green lanes for fully-vaccinated. At least five days lang ngayon, we're asking kasi as more and more people are vaccinated, baka naman mas mababa 'yung quarantine," she explained.
(We're working on that. The DOT has since asked the government regarding the entry of foreign travelers. At present, those coming from countries included in the green list need to undergo quarantine for at least five days. As more people are vaccinated, maybe we can impose a shorter quarantine period.)
The green list countries are classified as "low risk" based on the Covid-19 incidence rate and case count.