Leisure trips OK’d in playgrounds of the rich

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CELEBRITY couple Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Guidicelli recently raised the hackles of netizens after they posted photos of her birthday vacation in Amanpulo, the playground of the world’s rich and famous, when the National Capital Region (NCR) was still under general community quarantine (GCQ).

More recently, a number of netizens have been noticing an increasing number of vacation photos in social media of other Metro Manila residents frolicking in destinations like El Nido, Palawan, and Balesin Island (Polillo Island), in Quezon.

According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), however, said leisure trips are allowed, even if the NCR is still under GCQ.

In an interview with the BusinessMirror, DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation, Coordination and Resource Generation Arturo P. Boncato Jr. clarified, “Point-to-point travel is allowed/permitted by the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases]. These destinations have their respective hangars in Manila for a more contained processing before

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