DOT boosts dive tourism in Boracay with hyperbaric chamber center

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ILOILO CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is enhancing dive tourism at world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco led the groundbreaking for the Hyperbaric Chamber Center this week.

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TOURISM Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco graces the May 21 groundbreaking of  the Hyperbaric Chamber Center in Boracay Island. (Department of Tourism)

“This is for our dive safety program,” said Frasco.

A hyperbaric chamber is used for therapy that adjusts oxygen levels after diving.

The Hyperbaric Chamber Center is in collaboration with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), a DOT-attached agency.

Frasco, a certified diver, said that the Hyperbaric Chamber Center is one of the five that DOT wants to add across the country, in addition to the 15 existing nationwide.

Aklan Gov. Jose Enrique Miraflores and Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista welcomed the newest project of the DOT.

“This is one big help to have this kind of facility. This will enhance wellness tourism,” said Miraflores.

Bautista added that with the new facility, Boracay can fully bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.