TPB’s sponsored swab challenge reveals Pinoys heading for Boracay for his or her pandemic break

CLOSE to 41,000 home vacationers have been authorized for Covid-19 checks sponsored by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the advertising arm of the Division of Tourism (DOT).

Topping the checklist of locations the place the vacationers went was Boracay Island, the place nearly 84 % or 34,293 people had been authorized for the RT-PCR check subsidy. This was adopted by 2,355 who went to Bohol;  2,105 to Palawan (Coron, Busuanga, El Nido, Puerto Princesa); and 793 to Siargao. Different locations on the checklist had been Baguio, Cebu, Ilocos Norte/Sur, Zambales, Bataan,  and Batangas.

In a Viber message to the BusinessMirror,  TPB Chief Working Officer Ma. Anthonette Velasco-Allones stated, “The TPB considers its RT-PCR subsidy program as a key step in supporting the restart of home tourism.”

She added, “The constant variety of vacationers eager to avail of the subsidy affirms its worth in serving to rationalize the price of journey. Equally necessary is the truth that this measure helps be sure that  our primordial concern for secure travels is concretized.”

Secure vacation spot

Boracay was simply awarded the World Journey and Tourism Council (WTTC) Secure Travels Stamp, acknowledging it as a secure vacation spot to go to amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The WTTC Secure Travels Stamp was awarded by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat to Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores and Malay Mayor Fromilo Bautista on July 7, because the island began vaccinating A4 tourism staff.

“As early as now, we have to put together our amenities and locations to be visitor-ready, with well being and security as key issues. The WTTC Secure Travels Stamp, on prime of our accreditation, will hope to revive vacationers’ confidence within the Philippines as a ‘secure and enjoyable’ vacation spot,” Romulo Puyat stated in a information assertion.

The stamp was additionally given to 11 Division of Tourism-accredited lodging institutions, particularly Le Soleil de Boracay, Discovery Shores Boracay, Shangri-la Boracay, Hue Boracay, Wald’s Place, Amable Suites, Lime Resort, The Lind Boracay, Movenpick Resort and Spa Boracay, Villa Caemilla Seashore Boutique Resort, and Belmont Resort Boracay.

Tips on how to apply for check subsidy

In the meantime, below the TPB challenge, the price of RT-PCR nasal swab checks had been 50-percent sponsored and had been carried out on the College of the Philippines-Philippine Common Hospital (UP-PGH) in Manila, and Philippine Kids’s Medical Heart  (PCMC) in Quezon Metropolis from Dec. 18, 2020 to July 7, 2021. Of the entire Covid-tests sponsored, 17,320 had been administered at UP-PGH, and 23,637 on the PCMC.

Nonetheless, the TPB and UP-PGH have already stopped accepting functions for sponsored swabs since July 8, stated Velasco-Allones, “because the variety of authorized functions has already reached the allotted slots for the subsidy.”

Final month, the DOT and TPB renewed its partnership with the PCMC for the second part of the sponsored RT-PCR checks challenge. From July to December 2021, she stated, 13,333 certified home vacationers will be capable to faucet the subsidy window.

To avail themselves of the subsidy, vacationers should first register on-line to pre-schedule their RT-PCR check at and submit a legitimate government-issued identification card, proof of resort reserving in a DOT-accredited lodging institution, and proof of mode of journey reminiscent of airline or bus ticket. PCMC will settle for RT-PCR check functions on a first-come, first-served foundation.


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