By J. Jala | 11:07 PM July 31, 2020
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Friday that the province of Bohol is set to get at least P2.1 billion in funding from the Philippine government to reinvigorate its local tourism industry affected by the pandemic.
Puyat said funding will come from a World Bank loan.
Puyat was in Bohol on Friday afternoon together with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año.
Some of the projects, she said, that will be funded are those for bulk water supply, solid waste management, a public market program, tourism site enhancement and management, disaster risk management support for hygiene preparedness, as well as the acquisition of decompression chambers and a sea ambulance.
Puyat said these are all just the first phase of boosting the tourism sector of Bohol.
Puyat also said the Philippine government is already in talks with countries like South Korea, Japan, and even Australia which have manageable COVID-19 cases, for possible bilateral flight agreements that can benefit local tourist sites like Bohol.
Governor Arthur Yap said he targets to open the tourism industry in Bohol by the fourth quarter of 2020.