Aquino calls for Filipino community support for Palawan underground river

JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 9 (PNA via PLDT) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the members of the Filipino community here to support the Philippines’ entry to the New seven Natural Wonders of the World to pump up visitor volume to the country.

In a speech at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the President urged them to support the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan to boost its inclusion to the New Natural Wonders of the World.

“Iyong Palawan po mayroong underground river. It is now one of the last remaining 28 candidates to be declared one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Ang value po sa atin niyan, the minute na pinag-usapan pa lang ito, nag-ge-generate na ng interest sa turista”, the President said.

He noted that for every tourist that will visit the Philippines, five jobs could be created for the Filipinos.

“Iyong turista manganganak ng limang trabaho, kada turistang pumasok can generate jobs for five people for every one direct hire in the tourism industry”, President Aquino said.

The Chief Executive further said that the countries that have won in the Search for the Seven Man-Made Wonders had an increase of about 60 percent in their tourism figures. And these are places that have been well known before, citing the Taj Mahal of India as an example,

“Those who came in second place, iyong first group of seven 60 percent, iyong second group 40 percent. Tayo nasa last 28 na nga tayo”, the President added.

Aquino also encouraged them to spread the good news in the Philippines and practice unity and concern for others.

There are some 9,000 members of the Filipino Community, mostly professionals occupying managerial and supervisorial positions in various companies all over Indonesia.

The President’s meeting with the Filipino community is one of the highlights of his three-day State Visit here. He will then proceed to Singapore for the second leg of his scheduled State Visit to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-member countries. (PNA)
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