The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Boracay (PCCI-Boracay) appealed to Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores to remove the liquor ban and shorten the curfew hours in Boracay Island.
In a letter by the PCCI-Boracay to Gov. Miraflores, they expressed their gratitude to the local government for giving importance and much-needed consideration to the tourism of Boracay with their new Executive Order 005-C.
However, the PCCI-Boracay recommended that the local government remove the liquor ban from DOT accredited hotels that have the authority to operate and to all compliant restaurants and bars with a Municipality of Malay’s Certificate to Operate.
“PCCI-Boracay would like to recommend that the liquor ban not apply to Boracay Island DOT accredited Hotels with Authority to Operate and compliant restaurants/bars that hold Municipality of Malay’s Certificate to operate compliance certificate under Malay Inter-Agency task Force against COVID-19 guidelines under Executive Order No. 27 Series of 2020,” they said in the letter.
They added that these establishments had received certificates from the government as proof that the safety and health standard protocols are being followed.
Aside from removing the liquor ban, the PCCI-Boracay also recommends shortening the curfew hours in Boracay from 1:00 am to 4:00 am; Since the tourists coming from Manila have negative RT-PCR test results.
“Tourist coming from Manila are tested, and after NCR+ lockdowns, they are coming to Boracay to have a good time. A curfew hour for fully tested tourists might send the wrong message and be unwelcoming; and may result in fewer guests coming to Boracay Island,” the PCCI Boracay stressed.
They also requested to have ‘free movement’ within Boracay Island and consider mandatory testing for all individuals entering the Island.