After Boracay, Bohol could be the next tourist spot to open

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2020 01:45 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2020 04:33 PM

Panglao Island in Bohol is a paradise on its own with its long stretch of powdery white sand beaches. Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA-- Bohol island could be the next tourist spot to reopen, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said authorities are looking at opening the province, home of the world-famous Chocolate Hills, to travelers by October.

"I understand Bohol might be opening soon within the month of October if I'm not mistaken," Roque said during a Palace press briefing.

"Unti-unti naman pong nagbubukas ang ating mga tourist spots," he added.

(Our tourist spots are opening up.)

The possible reopening of Bohol comes as the government opens Baguio City and Boracay Island.

The two other tourist spots are set to accept travelers by Oct. 1.

During the same briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said reopening tourist spots will not be a problem as long as health standards are enforced.

“Pangunahin ang kalusugan ng mamayan, yung safety. There are safeguards para hindi magkaroon ng pagkalat nitong impeksyon,” she said.

(The health, safety of our people is a priority. There are safeguards so the virus will not spread.)

Vergeire said that the country cannot “remain in lockdown forever.”)

“We need to survive and we need to live with this virus. We have to enforce these health standards para masigurong hindi kakalat ang impeksyon,” she said.

(We need to survive and we need to live with this virus. We have to enforce these health standards to ensure that the virus will not spread.) 

— With a report from Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News