The municipal government of Narra is counting on its forests, falls, and farms to brand itself as Southern Palawan’s “eco-tourism center”.
“We can’t compete with the north’s ‘sun, sand and sea,’ but here in the south, we are promoting our ‘forests, falls and farms,’” tourism officer Sherwin Corpuz told Palawan News on Wednesday, February 14.
He said his office is now working on tourism product development as part of their town’s ongoing preparation of a tourism master plan.
“Just this week, we have finished our three-day evaluation of existing, emerging and potential tourism destinations with the tourism planning committee,” he added.
Guided by the catchphrase, “Let’s Go Down South Narra, Palawan and Enjoy Nature Adventures from Mountain Peaks to Ocean Deep,” Corpuz said they envision “to become one of the prime tourism destinations for eco-adventure and farm travel experiences” in the province.
“We have established several mountaineering destinations and, at the same time, we have unique islands good for snorkeling and diving,” the tourism officer said.
Major attractions in the town are Estrella Falls, Estrella River Trekking and Falls Watching, San Isidro Hot Spring, Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Mt. Victoria, and a lot of countryside pools and private resorts, including the Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary Resort.
Other potential tourist spots that may be developed are the islands of Emelina, George, Cudil, Tagpuan and Banking, as well as the Taritien and Antipuluan Cove, Taritien Estuary and Moon River, Inuman Banog Falls and Pakidug Falls.
Corpuz said they will consolidate all the evaluation forms and present them during the formal workshop for the formulation of a master plan on Feb. 21-22.
“After the workshop, it will be presented to the Narra Tourism Council and other tourism stakeholders for refinement. Before the end of March, it’s done and ready for adoption of the Sangguanian Bayan,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Tourism Development and Promotions Office (MTDPO) recently launched the “Conquer Mt. Victoria 2018,” a series of camping, trekking and hiking activities from February to May.
“Our target participants here are majority Narranons because based on our records for the past years, most who availed the said tourism product were non-locals,” he said.
For inquiries and slot reservation, visit the MTDPO at Narra’s Municipal Government Complex or contact 0939-882-6987, 0999-992-8464 and 0939-804-7573.
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