Defensor: Leisure travel not happening any time soon


Leisure travelers are unlikely to enter Iloilo province anytime soon.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. is still not inclined to accept tourists, especially from areas with high cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“We are not yet ready to open to just anyone regardless of their point of origin,” said Defensor. (

According to the governor, even though the province’s Covid-19 situation is constantly changing, he does not see things improving anytime soon.

As of Tuesday, Iloilo had a total of 2,553 confirmed infections – 2,192 of which recovered, leaving 275 active cases being monitored.

Defensor said he will wait for the recommendation of the Western Visayas Regional Task Force.

He would also base his decision to allow non-essential travel on the Covid-19 situation in Metro Manila and Cebu City as most of the tourists who want to enter the province are from these areas.