Palace urges Pinoys: Go on vacation after long lockdown

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2020 04:13 PM

A resident wearing a face mask walks along a beach in Boracay on Thursday, the first day of the opening of the island to tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorities eased restrictions in the country's number one tourist destination, allowing a limited number of local tourists to visit the island after more than six months of quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. AFP

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte is urging Filipinos to go on vacation, Malacañang said Monday, about half a year into varying degrees of lockdown meant to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

"Ang mensahe po ng Presidente: kinakailangan mabuhay po tayo sa kabila ng COVID-19. Puwede naman pong gawin iyan sa pamamagitan ng pag-ingat sa ating mga buhay nang tayo po’y maghanapbuhay," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. 

"Panahon na po para tayo naman po ay magbakasyon matapos ng napakatagal na lockdown, lalong-lalo na sa Metro Manila," he told reporters. 

(The message of the President is we need to live in spite of COVID-19. We can do that by taking care of our lives so that we can earn a living. It is time for us to take a vacation after a very long lockdown, especially in Metro Manila.) 

Last Oct. 1, the mountain city of Baguio reopened to tourists from Ilocos Region, while the resort island of Boracay started accepting visitors from Metro Manila and elsewhere in the country. 

The Philippines has tallied 324,762 coronavirus infections, of which 45,799 were active as of Monday.