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Palawan eyes tourism resumption in 3 towns

There is no specific date yet as to when the three municipalities will start accepting travelers, but Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said a "dry run" will start in El Nido resorts "as soon as possible".

DOH eyes reduced quarantine days for recovered patients

In the televised Laging Handa briefing on Saturday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said experts have found that a diagnosed person on the 10th day of illness no longer infect others.

COVID-19 infections among Filipinos abroad now 8,417

Most of the active cases are concentrated in the same region at 2,114, followed by Europe with 456, the Americas with 148, and the Asia Pacific with 82.

DOT Sec. Puyat to fly to Palawan next week to discuss...

Travel for leisure and tourism activities at half-capacity are now allowed in places under MGCQ subject to restrictions imposed by the local government unit.

PH looks at ‘travel bubble’ once tourism resumes

These corridors would allow the reopening of Philippine destinations with zero coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases to foreign tourists from infection-free nations, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

Hotels need DOT nod to continue operations under MGCQ

"DOT–accredited AEs need only to submit to the DOT Regional Office with jurisdiction over their area the Letter of Intent to Operate, while Non-DOT-accredited AEs will need to apply for accreditation to ensure compliance with requirements," the statement reads.

‘New normal’ guidelines for hotels, similar establishments issued

Released on May 25, the Health and Safety Guidelines Governing the Operations of Accommodation Establishments covers the operations of AEs in the areas of guest handling, reception and concierge, rooms and housekeeping, food and beverage service, kitchen sanitation and disinfection, public areas, hotel, and transport service, engineering, and maintenance service, business practices and management, and suppliers of goods and services.

‘New normal’ for PH tourism once travel restrictions lifted

In a Go Negosyo virtual forum, Romulo-Puyat said the capacity of air and land transport is also expected to go down.

DOT assists over 1K stranded local tourists via sweeper flights

The first three flights facilitated on Friday brought 180 people from Puerto Princesa, 60 from El Nido, and 144 from Caticlan to Metro Manila.

Domestic travel key to jumpstart tourism after ECQ

Once the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) is lifted, once the GCQ (general community quarantine) is lifted, once the tourism enterprises start operating again, we see that the domestic tourists will be the ones initiating movement

Getting by with a smile: DOT salutes COVID-19 frontliners

"Filipinos are known for their smiles. Even if we can’t see the smiles behind the masks, their warmth can be felt in acts of compassion and kindness. As we wait out the end of this challenging time, let us never forget to show the world who we truly are: a nation of a kind, caring, and compassionate people," the DOT said.

China to send doctors to PH

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said the move was "upon the request of the Philippine government."