Manila–The Department of Tourism (DOT) filed a complaint against six tourists from Manila who falsified and forged the documents of their COVID-19 test result to enter Boracay Island last January. Where three of the six tourists were confirmed having the new coronavirus strain.
“The Department of Tourism (DOT), after repeated warnings against tourists who falsify their COVID tests to enter Boracay, has filed charges against the six Manila-based errant tourists who were nabbed in January 2021 for Falsification of Public Documents,” the DOT said this Monday.
On the other hand, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stated that the DOT accepts the decree of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILLG) to the Philippine National Police to apprehend those that were found to be forging documents of their COVID-19 results.
The DILG stated that violators are punishable under the Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act. Those who violate will be fined at least P20,000 to P50,000 or will be imprisoned for one month to six months, or both, depending on the decision of the court.
“In anticipation of the further relaxation of regulations governing inter and intra-regional movements, the LGUs (local government units) should be prepared to address an increase in the number of applications and visits. Enforcement is key and we must all do our share in keeping Boracay safe,” Romulo-Puyat said.
According to the tourism department, there have been a total of 11, 898 visitors on the island this January alone. With an average of 300 to 400 tourists a day.