MANILA – About 95.78 percent of tourism workers employed in accredited dive establishments in the route of the Philippines were vaccinated against the coronavirus, signaling the readiness of this niche market to the nation’s reopening to foreign mates.
Latest data got from 105 Dive Institutions (DEs) and Liveaboards Dive Institutions (LDEs) that are accredited by the Division of Tourism’s Philippine Price on Sports activities Scuba Diving confirmed that 1,342 or 95.78 percent out of 1,401 workers were inoculated (first dose and completely vaccinated) against Covid-19, while the closing 59 workers (4.21 percent) are easy looking at for their jabs.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat welcomed the event, asserting that the vaccination of workers in the dive sector will add to the final readiness of the nation to welcome foreign mates, as well to reduction in additional strengthening its location as one amongst the main dive destinations globally.
“The DOT shall proceed to work with other nationwide and local government agencies as well to our stakeholders in the non-public sector to vaccinate all tourism workers in the nation as soon as imaginable. Now that our borders are being eased to foreign mates, it is miles crucial to supply protection to our workers against the virus,” Puyat stated.
“With our most stylish preserve as Asia’s main dive destination at the 28th World Commute Awards (WTA) last October, we no longer sleep for a right quantity of foreign vacationers returning to our dive spots in the coming months,” she added.
The Philippines bagged the WTA title as Asia’s Leading Dive Destination for the third consecutive year since 2019.
The tourism chief smartly-known that in response to the survey, unvaccinated tourism workers in dive destinations are either pregnant, with existing comorbidities, or are easy unwilling to safe vaccinated.
She added that some tourism workers live unvaccinated attributable to missed vaccine appointments and wish for vaccine brands that are doubtless to be no longer on hand of their apartment.
Puyat reiterated the division’s demand cooperation among local government gadgets of tourism destinations, at the side of dive spots, to prioritize tourism workers of their vaccination applications. (PR)
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