By Marisol Bo-oc | 10:33 PM August 01, 2020
Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said the province of Bohol is planning to reopen its door to tourists in the fourth quarter of 2020 once it finalizes preparations for health and safety protocols.
Yap announced this plan on Friday during the visit of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
However, all tourism establishments that wish to reopen would be required to secure an Ultimate Bohol Experience (UBE) Seal on top of DOT’s accreditation.
The seal would cover an establishment’s compliance with the province’s sewage treatment plant requirements and carrying capacity.
“Para kasi gusto na nating mag-start na ang tourism. Naintindihan ko yung mga residents siyempre gusto nila lahat ng pumunta dito negative. So hindi papasok dito sa island kung hindi negative. Kasi marami nang nawalan ng trabaho, para magkatrabaho na rin,” said Puyat.
“Sana, slowly but surely mabukas na natin ang tourism,” she added.
They also visited the containerized reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing laboratory.
Año and Puyat also met the mayors, provincial board members and other stakeholders discussing about health protocols and tourism-related concerns.