Stakeholders on the island of Boracay are requesting a separate community quarantine status from the province of Aklan.
The suggestion was put forward by representatives of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Boracay (PCCI) in a letter addressed to the Department of Health’s Secretary Francisco H. Duque III.
In the letter, dated July 15, PCCI is asking the health department to separate them from the province of Aklan, specifically when it comes to community quarantine status.
“[The] situation in Boracay Island is different from the situation in the province of Aklan at this time. We would like to request that the favorable metrics for Boracay Island be considered in relation to the decision for community quarantine status…, and we note the current low number of cases and transmissions,” PCCI wrote.
The group noted that they want Boracay to be granted its own community quarantine status.
“In the longer term, [we] would like that Boracay Island be granted its own community quarantine status. As we move forward, this small population island will be [increasingly] vaccinated, and we are seeing vaccines arrive in numbers.”
Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Aklan, it’s been in danger of being put under MECQ, which means tourism will be shut off once again in Boracay.
In light of this, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has urged stakeholders and local government units (LGUs) to collaborate with the IATF.
According to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat, it’s the governor’s and mayor’s job to appeal the community quarantine.
“I informed the private sector that their Mayor and Governor should be the ones appealing the community quarantines,” Romulo-Puyat told BusinessMirror.
“The DOT does not decide on the quarantine classifications imposed in a certain area, as this falls under the jurisdiction of the IATF, after vetting of the Screening Validation Committee co-chaired by the Department of Interior and Local Government and the [DOH],” she explained further.
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