Malay mayor pushes for antigen tests for Boracay visitors


Mayor Frolibar Bautista of Malay in Aklan province favored the antigen test requirement for tourists and workers entering Boracay Island.

But, Bautista said the antigen test for Boracay will depend on the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The cheaper and faster coronavirus test is recommended by business owners for inbound visitors to Boracay, according to the mayor. (

To date, tourists traveling to Boracay Island must submit a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test not earlier than 72 hours and confirmed hotel bookings.

Bautista said the cost for RT-PCR testing is expensive for incoming travelers compared to the antigen test. The antigen tests diagnose active coronavirus infections, have a quicker turnaround time with results in an hour or less.

He also said he will discuss the plan with Governor Florencio Miraflores, stakeholders, and the tourism sector this week to recommend the antigen testing.