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Local News


The Department of Tourism (DOT) condemns yet another reckless social gathering organized at a tourism establishment, this time at the Blue Coral Beach Resorts Inc. in Barangay Laiya, San Juan, Batangas.

The said mass gathering, documented on video by concerned individuals, shows a large group of individuals partying without face masks, face shields nor observance of physical distancing protocols at the beach of the said resort, which violates the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The DOT lauds the local government leaders of San Juan for taking the necessary action to revoke the business permit and file the appropriate charges to the erring establishment, whose operations were first suspended from September 2 to 17, 2020 after violation of IATF-EID health protocols.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat issues a stern reminder to all accommodation and tourism-establishments in Batangas, and in other destinations that have reopened, to follow health and safety protocols at all times. Erring establishments may face criminal charges as deemed appropriate by the local government unit (LGU) concerned, and shall likewise be sanctioned by the DOT.