New quarantine facility eyed at Kalibo airport
Still in line with COVID-19 prevention, the local council of Kalibo town urges the Department of Health and the Bureau of Quarantine to fast-track the construction of the new quarantine facility in Kalibo International Airport . According to the resolution filed recently by the local council, the COVID-19 scare continues to worry town residents, especially since travelers advised for observation are still referred to Aklan’s public health facilities, located mostly in Kalibo.
Bill to create Boracay development authority filed
A bill which aims to create the Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA), a body that will oversee the tourist island, has been filed at the House of Representatives . Congressman Paolo Duterte of the 1st District of Davao City authored the bill. The creation of BIDA is also supported by Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon, who has filed its first version in the Senate.
Meanwhile, the new bill which was filed early this month aims to promote the involvement of all sectors in the management, conservation, and protection of Boracay. The proposed bill also eyes BIDA as an attached agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. At present, the Local Government Unit of Malay has authority over Boracay.
PRRD may visit Boracay to prove island is safe
President Rodrigo R. Duterte may visit Boracay to prove that the island is safe . While there is no confirmation when he is going to visit the island, the president’s visit aims to also prove that precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19 are in place. The island’s tourism has been affected by the recent travel ban of tourists coming from China, Macao, and Hong Kong due to the virus, especially since Chinese tourists have been the top visitors of the island in the past years. The local tourism office recorded a 30 to 40 percent decrease in tourist arrival since the ban took effect.
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