Tourists from the NCR may continue to visit the Island of Boracay

Tourists from the NCR may continue to visit the Island of Boracay

Tourists from the NCR and Bulacan may continue to visit Boracay Island until June 30 as President Rodrigo Duterte announced last night that the NCR would remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) "with some restrictions" from June 16 until June 30.

The Island opened its doors to tourists coming from the NCR Plus Bubble (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna at Rizal) until June 15 or until it'll remain as GCQ.

According to the Malay Tourism Office, they will close the borders of Boracay once again if the quarantine status of the NCR Plus turns back into modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

"If NCR+ becomes plain GCQ after June 15, it would be a continuous takeoff. If NCR+ goes up again to MECQ, it may stop leisure movements again," Malay Tourism Office said on their Facebook Page.

Boracay Island Tourist from NCR
Photo by Ernesto Bandiola Cruz

Meanwhile, 63% of the tourists and vacationers that visited the famous Island of Boracay in the span of two weeks came from the National Capital Region (NCR) ever since the IATF allowed leisure travel.

Based on the latest list of the Malay Tourist Office, tourist arrivals reached 9,066 from June 1 to June 13.

The Malay Tourism Office listed that 5,772 or 63% of the total tourist arrivals are from the NCR bubble, it is followed by the CALABARZON with 1,948 or 21%, then from Central Luzon with 614 or 6%. In comparison, Aklanons reached 331 or 3%, then 105 or 1% in the Philippines' Central Visayas and other regions.

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