AKLAN Second District Congressman Teodorico Haresco said more hotels in Boracay Island may be forced to close down because of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.
The surge in Covid-19 cases, especially in India, made tourists around the world more vigilant and cautious in traveling abroad.
There were hotels and shops in this resort island that were reportedly for sale, while some owners want their hotels to be rented by others.
"We do not anticipate this surge. To minimize the economic impact, we in Congress are currently deliberating the Bayanihan law III, which seeks to provide assistance to every Filipinos," said Haresco, a member of the committee on appropriation in the Congress.
Aside from cash assistance, Haresco said he hopes for an intensified inoculation program of Covid-19 vaccines all over the country, especially soon for tourism workers.
"Once everybody has been vaccinated, this will give the impression to the international tourists that Boracay is a safe travel destination," Haresco said. (SunStar Philippines)