DOT hands off in promotion, building of casinos in Boracay

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The Section of Tourism clarified on Friday that it has no involvement in the advertising or development of casinos on Boracay Island.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat manufactured the clarification when asked about the agency’s options to market tourism must casinos start out their functions in Boracay pursuing President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders.

Kabahagi ba ng inyong extremely intense marketing campaign sa tourism sector na i-endorse ang Philippines as gambling tourism haven, especially (due to the fact) the ban on casinos has been lifted by the President?,” Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate requested Romulo-Puyat through the spending budget listening to of the DOT at the Dwelling of Associates.

[Translation: Is it part of the tourism department’s aggressive campaign in the tourism sector to promote the Philippines as a gambling tourism haven?]

“When you say casinos, it is beneath [Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation] mister chair, and that is not under the Division of Tourism,” Romulo-Puyat advised lawmakers.

Zarate then questioned if the DOT is learning the risk of attracting visitors, or who are the goal marketplace for the opening of casinos in the initial spot.

“When we promote the country, we boost sunlight and beach front,” Romulo-Puyat stated. “Correct now, ang hinahanap ng vacationers abroad ay how safe and sound to vacation to the country as soon as restrictions are lifted. Hinahanap nila kung bakunado ba ang ating tourism personnel which we are performing.”

[Translation: Right now, travelers abroad want to know how safe it is to travel to the country once restrictions are lifted. They are asking if our tourism workers are vaccinated, which is what we are doing.]

Zarate then countered the secretary, declaring Boracay has been supplying the ‘sun and beach’ at any time due to the fact. He asked if Romulo-Puyat supports Duterte’s decision on casinos in Boracay.

“That is the final decision of the president, so we observe the president,” Romulo-Puyat replied.

Previous month, President Duterte lifted the ban on on line casino functions in Boracay to produce taxes in buy to increase the country’s COVID-19 pandemic response money.

PAGCOR reported the President Duterte has specified the go signal for Macau-based mostly Galaxy Amusement Group and Andrew Tan’s casino-vacation resort tasks in Boracay.