DOT takes action vs resort that housed BFP group in Boracay

Published June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Marjaleen Ramos

The Boracay Interagency Task Force (BIATF) on Wednesday denounced the entry of a group of travelers to Boracay last June 12, just days before the official reopening of the island.

New Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

In a statement, the Department of Tourism (DOT) assured it has already initiated accreditation revocation procedures on the resort that housed the group even when the island was not yet officially open.

“The DOT shall strictly implement rules and regulations under its mandate and shall ensure that both tourism industry players and tourists  would have an enjoyable experience in an environment where trust and confidence in destinations are regained during the New Normal,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

The local government unit of Malay, Aklan on Tuesday confirmed that the female personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) who tested positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stayed in the island for three days.

The BFP group left the resort island on June 14, the same day the Department of Health (DOH) released the latest results of COVID-19 test.

Authorities assured contact tracing was already underway, and advised all concerned to undertake necessary health and safety measures.

Staff and management of the reported resort are now on strict quarantine, it added.

The BIATF had earlier commended the Provincial Government of Aklan and the LGU of Malay for mapping out stringent health and safety guidelines for tourists that ranges from digital solutions promoting contactless transactions to an detailed emergency response plan.