To expedite the flow of tourists to the world-famous beach of Boracay, businessmen and officials in Western Visayas have requested the government to allow use of saliva tests for tourists that enter Boracay.
The request was contained in a letter sent to the officials of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF). The regional governor and presidents of seven chapters of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) sought the national government’s support for the installation of a molecular laboratory in Boracay or in Barangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan.
“This will ensure the timely and accurate Covid19 testing for both tourists and other stakeholders alike, thus promoting a safer, healthier and better environment that would further boost and fast-track the economic recovery of the island,” the businessmen said.
The letter was signed by PCCI Western Visayas Governor Ronald So, Wesley Van Der Voort (Boracay), Vicente Lagunday (Antique), Ramel Buncalan (Aklan), Dale Bernas (Capiz), Roberto Montelibano (Metro Bacolod), Neptune Pittman (Guimaras) and Jobert Peñaflorida (Iloilo).
It was pointed out by the businessmen and officials that the saliva reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test had already been approved for use by the Department of Health (DOH) on Jan. 21.