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.
Anchored on its mantra, “Sentro ng Katotohanan, Tapat sa Mamamayan”, Balita Central Digital complements and supports the Balita Central newspaper published bi-monthly to combat fake news and to provide the public with easy-to-digest news bits that are sourced solely from the Presidency and government agencies.
Balita Central is under the supervision of the Bureau of Communications Services (BCS), one of the attached agencies of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Launched on February 28, 2019 at the Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (LRT-2) Cubao Station, Quezon City, it also aims to raise awareness among local communities about the policies, programs, and accomplishments of the Presidency.
Through this platform, Balita Central Digital aims to reach further the online community to deliver more accurate information and communication services in order to educate the citizenry regarding national issues which would enlighten them to be engaged and be empowered in contributing to building a better nation.
Balita Central is situated at the BCS Headquarters located beside the Philippine Cancer Society along San Rafael, San Miguel, Malacañang Complex, Manila City. Its official website address is balitacentral.ph.
For inquiries and feedback, Balita Central may be contacted at email@example.com.