Pinag-aaralan na ng Department of Tourism (DOT) kung ipatutupad sa bansa ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 passport kung saan makikita kung nabakunahan na ang turistang papasok sa bansa.
Ayon kay DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, pinag-aaralan ng DOT kasama ng Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases ang proposals na dumating sa kanila.
Aniya, magandang inisyatiba umano ito upang matulungang makabangon ang industriya ng turismo ng bansa na isa sa mga naapektuhan ng pandemya.
“The Department of Tourism supports initiatives to facilitate international cross border travel with stringent health and safety measures in place,” pahayag ni DOT Sec. Puyat.
Malaking tulong umano ito sa pagpapanumbalik ng tiwala ng mga turista upang maengganyo ang mga ito na lumabas at magbakasyon sa lokal na destinasyon maging sa ibang bansa.
Dagdag pa niya, “The proposals for a ‘COVID-19 passport’ is welcome and will be looked into by the DOT, together with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), as it will involve medical data on the vaccines and diplomatic agreements with other countries.”
Samantala, suportado rin ni Lance Gokongwei, President at CEO ng Cebu Pacific ang JG Summit Holdings, Inc. ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 passport.
Aniya, mahalagang malaman ang inoculation at infection history ng mga papasok sa bansa sa panahong magbukas ang bansa sa international travel.
“We do think that’s essential, especially as we open up international travel. Ang daming different vaccines, and I think we have to work on a single global COVID passport so that each country respects the passport,” pahayag ni Gokongwei.
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