Published on : Friday, October 9, 2020
In the domestic travel, economic activity has been immensely afflicted and is yet to overcome the ill effects of the lockdowns caused by the pandemic. However, the Department of Tourism and Boracay Interagency Task Force, together with the local government units of Aklan, and the Municipality of Malay, have thought of a bold step to allow reopening famous tourist destinations as putting into practice all the requisite health and safety protocols laid down by the Philippine government.
Nevertheless, the reopening is going to be limited. Tourists from areas that are under General Community Quarantine along with those from Western Visayas will only be allowed into the tourist spots. The latter of which had been allowed to enter since June 16, 2020.
The reopening will take a “calibrated” approach, which means that it will be done slowly, as per the Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romula-Puyat.
Incoming tourists will have to take on few procedures before allowed them in the country. They will have to take a voluntary test before traveling. The tourists will take an RT-PCR 48 to 72 hours. The test result has to be negative before traveling.
Also, the ones who took the test must adhere to strict quarantine before their departure time from the island. To make contact tracing a lot easier, only the Godolfredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan in the Municipality of Malay.
Limited age for the tourists has been raised, allowing travelers below 21 years and above 60 years. However, patients within that particular age bracket must not have two or more existing medical conditions.
In the process of the gradual reopening of the Philippine economy, the Department of Trade and Industry together with the Board of Investments is all set to reconstruct local economy. Before COVID-19, the Philippines only had one factory producing 2 million PPEs in 1 month, and the country to rush PPEs from other countries. This type of feat is dangerous for the country as not all countries can provide PPEs instantly as they too have the needs for their people. So the solution is to perk up local production of the needed PPEs. In a month, the Philippines can increase its PPE production to 56 million masks by repurposing factories of other manufacturers, who may not even be in the medical industry.
Small local businesses in different provinces had the presence of mind to make their masks, not necessarily medical-grade when the government started requiring everyone to start wearing masks.