Reopening Coron, El Nido, San Vicente in Palawan to tourists eyed | Inquirer News

Reopening Coron, El Nido, San Vicente in Palawan to tourists eyed

By: - Reporter / @KHallareINQ
/ 04:30 PM July 03, 2020
DOT partners with iAcademy, introduces AR app featuring PH tourism sites

One of the country’s top tourist destinations is Coron, Palawan. Katherine G. Adraneda/

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing to reopen three Palawan tourist destinations in a bid to boost domestic tourism amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press conference on Friday, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she has talked with Palawan Gov. John Alvarez and other local officials about reopening El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente to tourists.


Palawan is currently under modified general community quarantine.

“We want to start slow but sure,” Puyat said during the press conference. “Safety first.”


According to Puyat, Coron, El Nido, and San Vicente recorded P3.1 billion losses due to almost zero tourism activities from March to June.

Aside from this, 14,000 tourism workers were affected by the pandemic, she noted citing local officials.

Puyat further said it was also agreed that a “dry run” in El Nido resorts will be carried out and tourists who wish to visit must present negative results from RT-PCR testing.

“Kung galing sa [Clark International Airport], sa Clark sila magte-test. Kung galing sa Maynila, dapat let’s say Makati Medical [Hospital], ‘yung approved by the DOH (Department of Health). And before they travel, dapat papakita ‘yon,” she said.

(If they came from the Clark International Airport, then from Clark they need to undergo testing. If they came from Manila, let’s say they need to test in Makati Medical Hospital or any hospital approved by the DOH. And before they travel, they need to present the result.)

“Tapos pagkadating dito, ‘di na kailangan [magpa-test] (And when they arrive here, they do not need to get tested anymore),” she added.

On June 16, top travel destination, Boracay, reopened but only for residents of Western Visayas.

As of July 2, the Philippines posted 38,805 COVID-19 cases, including 10,673 recoveries and 1,274 fatalities.


For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, coronavirus Philippines, COVID-19, Department of Tourism, John Alvarez, nCoV update, Palawan, Tourism, Travel
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.