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New tourism council officers formally take oath in Palawan PDF Print E-mail

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Mar 31 (PNA)--Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez is confident that the new set of officers of the Palawan Tourism Council (PTC) is going to be an active partner of the provincial government in increasing opportunities for the province’s tourism industry, as well as help improve the lives of those who depend on it.

Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta said Monday that Alvarez expressed this Friday after leading the oath taking of the new set of PTC officers at the Governor’s Conference Room, Capitol Building.  

The new officer are Deborah Tan of Daluyon Resort and Puerto Pension as president, Stephen Yee of SMY Travel and Tours and RAQ Pension as vice president for central, William Espina of Euro-Pacific Resorts, Inc. as vice president for northern Palawan, and Amy Abrio of the local government of Balabac as vice president for the southern part of the province.

For secretary is Angeli Natasha Mendoza of Sabang Zipline, and Jamelyn Romero of Ipil Suites. For sectoral committees, those who took their oaths of office were Joel Paredes of Philippine Airlines, Kharla Luneta of Hotel Centro, Eduardo Ahorro of Puerto Princesa Tourism Council and Maryvel Dygico of World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

For the management committee, those who were sworn were Lui Oliva of Kalui Restaurant, Leah Dalisay, Leonora Rodriguez, Liezel Ogdamin of the Provincial Tourism Office, Jeanny Jinang and John Clerigo of the Association of Tourist Transport Service of Puerto Princesa.

Acosta said that in the governor’s message, he stressed the importance of joining together, or cooperation with each other, to help in the implementation of the provincial government’s tourism programs.

“Governor Alvarez suggested that a Mandarin language course be offered in Palawan for courses that are related to tourism because most of the tourists that go to the province are from China, and other Chinese-speaking countries in Asia,” Acosta said.

Acosta furthered that the governor is positive that the province will surpass the one million tourist arrival that Palawan had in 2013.

Among others, Alvarez is reportedly set to meet with the head of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to discuss how the airport can be improved, and what are needed to be done to ease overcrowding.

Tan, the new president, on the other hand, is reportedly focused on discovering new local products that will symbolize Palawan, new tourism destinations in southern Palawan, and the provision of skills training to tourism frontliners, servers and other stakeholders.

On the latter, Tan said there is a need to constantly train tourism servers and frontliners to maintain effective and efficient handling of tourists and guests.

”We have a beautiful province, but tourism will not improve to help Palawan’s development if the people involved in serving our guests do not know how to give them good service and accommodation. Training-workshops are important to upgrade their skills,” Acosta quoted Tan.

Acosta stated that she also assured the governor of the PTC’s support to programs that are designed to improve the tourism industry in the province. (PNA)
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