A member of the Provincial Board of Palawan is supporting the call of Linapacan addressed to Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo to be declared as a tourism destination to take advantage of the funding support for infrastructure development of the agency.
Ex-Officio Board Member Clarito Demaala IV, who has filed a resolution expressing support to Linapacan, said it needs to be declared as such, like El Nido and Coron, in order to receive funds for the construction of roads from the DOT, which will be managed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“Kailangan na mai-declare sila kasi hindi popondohan ng national government ‘yong roads nila unless they are declared by the DOT [as a tourist destination],” Demaala told Palawan News on Monday.
He said the resolution of Linapacan states that being the “doorway” to tourist destinations in northern Palawan, they have undertaken various initiatives that support and enhance the province’s tourism industry.
Demaala also said that in adherence to good governance policies, Linapacan has already implemented various projects with significant impacts on security, tourism, better investment promotion, and environmental-friendly projects.
The town, he said, has tourism potentials due to the following attractions: Señora Cave, Caseledan Spanish Port, Ariara Beach Resort, San Miguel Maritime Protected Area, and the islands of Pagtuyo, Kagbatang, Dimangcal, Manligad, Bolina, Double Nueve Cliff, Cacayatan, Calacala, Cagdanao, Magransing, and Bangabangan.
“Yong Linapacan kasi ang ganda niyan ay parang Coron at El Nido din ang kaso nga lang hindi pa na-se-semento ang mga kalsada. Kaya tayo nagpasa nito para kulitin ang DOT na maisama sila,” Demaala said.
On January 28, the Municipal Council of Linapacan approved a resolution formalizing its appeal to the DOT.