Philippines DOT hopes for higher tourism growth with NCR downgrade

Under the updated guidelines on the nationwide implementation of the Alert Level System for the COVID-19 response, the implementation of Alert Level 1, the use of the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage (S-Pass) travel management is not required for cross-zonal travel to areas under the same alert level.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the lowering of the COVID-19 alert level in the National Capital Region (NCR) and various parts of the country at Level 1, noting that this will further boost travel and tourism activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 163-A, the 16 cities and one municipality in the NCR as well as 38 other areas have been downgraded to the level lowest alert. as the transmission of COVID-19 cases in the past few days has decreased, and the total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate in hospitals are also low.

The Department welcomes this development as it not only indicates that we are on the right path to recovery, but also demonstrates all the work and sacrifices we have made to reach this point,” Tourism Secretariat Berna Romulo Puyat noted.
Under the updated guidelines on the Nationwide implementation of the alert level system for the COVID-19 response, the implementation of Alert Level 1, the use of the Safe, Swift and Smart Passage (S-Pass) travel management system is not required for interzonal travel to areas under the same alert level.

Traveling between locations under Level 1 Alert status, such as Baguio, Boracay, Ilocos Region, Aurora, Batanes, Laguna, Puerto Princesa City, Bacolod, Guimaras, Camiguin, and Davao City, is now easier and more practical. DOT optimistically anticipates reviving many tourism jobs and opportunities once lost to pandemic“, underlined the head of tourism.

While health declaration forms will no longer be required for all agencies and institutions, vaccinated persons aged eighteen (18) years and olderare always required to present proof of full vaccination before entering any venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE); attendance at social events such as parties, wedding receptions , engagements, anniversaries, debuts and birthday parties, family reunions and wedding or baby showers; and visiting tourist attractions such as libraries, archives, museums, galleries, exhibitions, parks, squares, public gardens, panoramic viewpoints or belvederes, etc.

The same rules apply to mass gatherings or entry to indoor establishments, such as venues with live vocals or wind instruments and audiences such as karaoke bars, clubs, concert and theaters; indoor auxiliary establishments in hotels and other accommodation establishments; and venues for election-related events.

Puyat said existing guidelines imposed by local government units (LGUs) with jurisdiction over tourist destinations should be adhered to to assist in the full restoration of the heavily impacted tourism sector.

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