A board member of the Aklan government seeks to remove the QR Code as a requirement when entering the province of Aklan, especially in Boracay Island; however, not all agree with this plan.
Board member Immanuel Sodusta was the one who sought to do away with the QR code requirement saying only Aklan has many requirements before one is permitted entry compared to other regions.
He claimed that he himself experienced how difficult and strict it is to enter the province due to the many requirements needed to comply.
Due to this, the Sangguniang Panlalawaging Aklan will conduct a legislative inquiry to properly discuss the proposition regarding the removal of the QR Code requirement.
A few days ago, the officials of the Aklan Provincial Government received a rain of complaints on social media from travelers going to Boracay Island as they were not able to acquire a QR Code from the validation team on time, leading to missed flights, accommodations, and disrupted travel plans. Most of all a complete waste of time and money for the travelers.
However, Board member Soviet Russia Dela Cruz does not agree with entirely removing the QR Code requirement, claiming that the safety and security of Aklanons from the deadly COVID-19 depends on this requirement.
The Aklan province provides the QR Code that serves as an online contact tracing and health declaration card for those coming in and out of Boracay Island.
According to Dela Cruz, he will only support the said inquiry if they will discuss how to fix the QR Code system of the province.
He even added that they are ready to provide support if additional funding is needed for additional human resources, facilities, and a faster system.
Meanwhile, the proposition is said to be timely since the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is currently debating regarding the 2022 budget of the Aklan province.
The legislative inquiry will be conducted next week.