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AFTER ALLEGED OVERPRICING

DOT regional office to give guidance on pricing on Virgin Island

/ 10:50 PM August 02, 2022
Panglao Mayor Edgardo “Boy” Arcay talks to the vendors at Virgin Island on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, over the alleged complaint of overpriced food. story: DOT regional office to give guidance on pricing on Virgin Island. STORYO: DOT regional office to give guidance on pricing on Virgin Island

Panglao Mayor Edgardo “Boy” Arcay talks to the vendors at Virgin Island on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, over a complaint of allegedly overpriced food. (Photo by LEO UDTOHAN / Inquirer Visayas)

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Tuesday that its regional office will provide guidance for the pricing of tourist goods and services on Virgin Island in Panglao, Bohol.

The DOT issued the statement in reaction to a Facebook post saying that 13 people were charged P26,100 seafood they ordered.

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According to Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, the DOT has been in touch with Gov. Aris Aumentado and Mayor Edgardo “Boy” Arcay, who said they had launched an investigation of the matter.

“Our Regional Office is also coordinating with the LGUs to provide guidance on standards for the provision of tourist goods and services,” the DOT said.

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The DOT was also in touch with the Department of Trade and Industry “as it is imperative that reasonable pricing standards are upheld for purposes of consumer protection,” Frasco said.

“While the DOT understands the current predicament and challenges faced by many tourism-related businesses and establishments that are gradually recouping losses due to previously imposed travel restrictions, I believe that due care must always be given to the overall experience of tourists whether it concerns upholding the quality of accommodations, attaining a certain level of service, or ensuring the reasonable pricing of products,” Frasco said.

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