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DOT vax push for tourist employees is still going on in Pampanga

The Department of Tourism (DOT) continues its immunization campaign in the country’s culinary hub, assisting tourism employees from Central Luzon who are part of the A1 health priority group in achieving a 100% inoculation rate.

On Saturday, October 9, 2021, Tourist Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat returned to Pampanga to supervise the vaccination of 518 tourism employees working in quarantine or isolation facilities across Central Luzon.

The DOT has already reached its goal of immunizing 3,109 tourist employees in A1 hotels in the Pampanga, Tarlac, Clark, and Subic Bay Freeport Zones, Angeles City, and Olongapo City.

NTF Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon, Clark Freeport Zone president and CEO Manuel Gaerlan, DOT-Region 3 director Caroline Uy, and Department of Health-Region 3 director Corazon Flores were among those who accompanied Puyat.

Puyat also conducted the initial leg of the vaccination roll-out in San Fernando City on August 12, 2021, when 2,000 doses were distributed to the province’s tourist workers.

The DOT’s immunization effort, according to Puyat, is critical to the sector’s revival since Central Luzon prides itself on being a logical destination for investments and leisure, with Pampanga Province called the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines.”

In Pampanga alone, 4,191 tourist employees had got their Covid-19 vaccinations, accounting for 70.6 percent of the DOT’s 5,930 objectives.

This figure reflects the number of people working in quarantine hotels, normal hotels, and other tourism-related businesses and services.

“We appreciate the LGU of Pampanga and the Clark Development Corporation giving our tourist employees first priority. “We have great expectations for Pampanga’s tourist recovery,” added Puyat.

As part of the Department’s efforts to boost travel demand to and from Pampanga, she said the DOT regional office would shortly introduce the Clark-Bohol through Cebu and Clark-Busuanga Travel Bubbles.

β€œAs a result, employment will be created in Pampanga and its surrounding towns, as well as business and livelihood possibilities, and economic development will be boosted,” she said.

She said that the construction of the Clark International Airport’s (CRK) new passenger terminal building is expected to aid Pampanga’s economy in recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic.

“We appreciate all of our tourist stakeholders’ and employees’ efforts to comply with these higher levels of health and safety, which are bringing local tourism businesses up to worldwide norms,” Puyat added.

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