Vaccine rollout the key to Bohol tourism recovery

Vaccine rollout the key to Bohol tourism recovery

Bohol, a well-known tourist destination, and despite finally welcoming back tourists in December, it is still a far cry from recovering the loss and damage sustained because of the effects of the pandemic, this is according to Bohol Governor Arthur Yap.

"Malayo pa tayo sa usaping bawi," Yap stated at a briefing in Laging Handa.

(We are still far from recovery)

As of now, the province received only 1000 tourist visits per month, this includes local tourists. The tourist's visits dropped significantly compared to its total visits of about 30,000 tourists arriving at the island province per day before the pandemic happened, noted by the Governor.

With the government already easing travel restrictions, the province still required its travelers a negative swab test at least 72 hours prior to the date of arrival. Yap said implementing the swab test will prevent massive transmission of the virus.

On the other hand, Yap said that the situation would greatly improve should a proper roll-out of the vaccination program would take place.

"We really think na ang deal maker dito ay ang vaccine...I think may fighting chance tayo na mas babalik tayo sa normalcy in terms of tourism, business, investments (with the rollout)," Yap added.

(We really think that the deal-breaker here is the vaccine... I think will have a fighting chance to return to normalcy in terms of tourism, business, investments with the rollout.)

A vaccination program in one of the local government hospitals already started in the province two weeks ago.

The Government of Bohol plans to procure at least 140 million COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate around 70 million Filipinos. As of now, only around 1 million doses of vaccines are available that are being administered to the priority sectors, which are the healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, latest data from the Department of Heath showed that total infections in Bohol are at 1,631, of which 332 are active. Death toll stood low at 20 and recoveries are at 1,279.

Source: CNN Philippines

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