Vendors at Panglao’s Virgin Island have suddenly been stripped of any source of income after Bohol Governor Aris Aumentado ordered the suspension of boat trips to the tourist spot.
Aumentado’s order came at the heels of a now viral social media post alleging that a group of tourists were charged P26,100 for meals they ate at the Virgin Island.
The handwritten receipt written on a schoolkid’s pad paper showed excessive prices for soft drinks (P1,300), bananas (P900), fish, and other seafood.
Aumentado said tourist access to the island has been put on hold to give way to the investigation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 office. The area is also part of the Panglao Island Protected Seascape.
Aumentado said that authorities “are alarmed at the situation” and has called for an emergency meeting, as it could hurt the attractiveness of the area to tourists.