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Puerto Princesa to strengthen promotion of community-based tourism management PDF Print E-mail

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Nov. 23 (PNA) -– The City Tourism Office (CTO) will highlight in next year’s plan the promotion of several Community-Based Tourism Management Projects (CBTMP) in Puerto Princesa in a bid to further increase the influx of domestic and foreign tourists to about 400,000.

Tourism officer Rebecca Labit said that alongside the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), the country’s official bet in the world search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, they’re also set to intensify their campaigns for tourism attractions that the city government has recently developed in partnership with various communities.

These are the dolphin watching at the Puerto Princesa City Bay, Ugong Rock in Barangay Tagabenit, Firefly Watching in Barangay Iwahig, Pambato Reef Diving and Snorkeling in Honda Bay, San Carlos Floating Restaurant, view decks also in Tagabenit and Barangay Buenavista and Mangrove Paddle Tours in barangays Bacungan and Cabayugan.

The dolphin watching and firefly watching are under the community management of Barangay Tulingan, which is composed of fishermen formerly engaged in illegal fishing and living in nearly 10 barangays that surround the city bay.

Ugong Rock, on the other hand, is being managed by residents of Barangay Tagabenit, primarily composed of Batak and Tagbanua indigenous peoples.

Soon enough, she said, a zip line, known also by other names, such as foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, and death slide, will be constructed in Tagabenit as another outdoor adventure in Puerto Princesa.

Another is a 375-meter canopy zip line which is waiting final construction in Barangay Irawan.

Labit said these practically new tourism offerings in the city, including the San Carlos Floating Restaurant and the others, were done with the help of ABS-CBN that believes in empowering communities and making them partners in tourism development.

“Most of the tourism efforts we have in the city now are focused in the promotion of the underground river because of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

However, there are alternative tourism activities that we have recently established with the help of ABS-CBN and the communities as our partners, and they can help expand the tourism industry of Puerto Princesa”, Labit said.

Pambato Reef, also known as “mini Tubbataha Reef” in Honda Bay, she said for instance, is slowly beginning to attract the attention of diving enthusiasts because it was able to maintain its beautiful corals.

According to diver Patrick Regoniel, Pambato Reef is an exceptional diving site that no one expects to find in areas where many people reside.

“Pambato Reef has become one of the well-known tourist spots in Honda Bay. It has surprisingly good reef life and fishes abound too. Nowadays, it is difficult to see still viable reefs in many parts of the world, especially in areas where many people reside”, he said.

Labit added next year’s tourism program will work to highlight all new outdoor adventures alongside their promotion of the subterranean river national park.

“We will repackage all of them to be together in one promotion agenda, hoping that more visitors will come and enjoy in Puerto Princesa”, she said. (PNA)

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