Local execs probe ‘gintong presyo’ of food on Virgin Island, Bohol

Local execs probe ‘gintong presyo’ of food on Virgin Island, Bohol

By Junex Doronio
August 3, 2022

PANGLAO, Bohol – Following the uproar caused by a netizen who claimed they were charged over P26,100 for lunch at the popular Virgin Island in this town, local government officials are now scampering to do damage control as Governor Aris Aumentado has ordered a thorough investigation to shed light on the allegation that became viral on social media.

This developed as food vendors on Virgin Island strongly denied selling seafood to tourists at exorbitant prices as alleged by a netizen.

“We will fix this!” Aumentado vowed.

In his official Facebook account, Aumentado expressed dismay and disappointment upon learning that several tourists complained of paying “excessive” prices for foods and other tourism-related services in the province.

He urged the Provincial Board to come up with ordinances and other policies to regulate the province’s tourism industry and protect consumers’ welfare.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas has ordered its personnel in Bohol to investigate reports that some food vendors doing business on Virgin Island in this town were charging their customers excessive prices.

On Tuesday, August 2, DENR-Central Visayas executive director Paquito Melicor Jr. directed Ariel Rica, head of the Bohol Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), to coordinate with the Municipal Government of Panglao to investigate the veracity of the allegations.

However, Fidel Clenista, a member of the Doljo Fisherman and Vendors Association, strongly denied the “overpricing” allegations.

He said the amount of P26,100 covered multiple dishes which were served to 13 people who were transported to the island by two motorized bancas. (ai/mtvn)

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