Mabalacat tourism soars thanks to testing, tracing
Tourism in Mabalacat City is thriving even during the pandemic, thanks to its proactiveness in testing and tracing infected persons, according to a city official. travel restrictions and community quarantines due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a Sunstar Pampanga report, Mabalacat city information officer Jose Aubrey Pelayo IV attributed the spike in tourism to the “proactiveness” of the city government in responding to the virus.
“One of the secrets made by the local government is the immediate tracing. When it comes to this virus, the sooner you respond, the earlier you contact trace, the more that you can control the spread of the virus,” he was quoted as saying.
Pelayo said the free swab testing program of the city also contributed in tracking the virus.
“Free swab testing is also a boost to our efforts, particularly for those who are identified as close contacts of Covid-19 positive individuals,” he said.
“Even if they are not from Mabalacat City, as long as the incident happened here in the area, they are included in the program,” Pelayo said.
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