PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, (PNA) – The scenic town of Coron in the northern island cluster of Calamianes is thankful that it is now included in the international map of cruise ship operators.
Speaking to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Mayor Clara Reyes said Monday that being included in the sites that cruise ships are interested to visit as tourism destination in the Philippines.
“Coron is now in the map of internal cruise ship operators; it is a blessing because this helps in the local tourism industry,” Reyes said.
The lady mayor said this as another large international cruise ship is set to drop anchor in the town that is known the world over as the home of Kayangan Lake, dubbed as the “cleanest lake in Asia,” and the World War II Japanese shipwrecks for diving and snorkeling water adventures.
The M/V Albatros operated by the Phoenix Reisen, a travel agency based in Germany, is set to arrive in Coron with 540 tourists and 370 crewmen for several hours visit.
Reyes said a plaque of recognition will be received by the captain of the cruise ship as a symbol of the town’s gratitude for being among the places that the passengers will visit in the 28 days they will be traveling from Auckland to Shanghai in China.
Most of the crewmen of the M/V Albatros are Filipinos. Reyes said this fact makes the Coronians proud too, that passengers are being served with excellence and utmost care for their traveling pleasure.
Incidentally, she disclosed that on March 4, a meeting with the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board (MSWMB) of the town was held which discussed a proposed measure that would arrest the owners of homes standing on stilts in Coron Bay.
Reyes said the common complaint the Municipal Tourism Office (MTO) is receiving from visitors is the improper disposal of domestic waste materials.
She said that the arrest of home owners, who will be found neglectful of waste materials floating to pollute Coron Bay, is now being proposed as an ordinance with a jail term for violators.
Residents, she stated, will be arrested if waste materials will be found under their houses that are built on stilts.
Coron’s cleanliness contributes to its beauty, and Reyes said this must be extremely protected so, residents can continue to benefit from the benefits it provides in the local tourism industry.
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