Planning consultant Palafox Architecture and Associates has presented to the provincial government a “perspective” of a tourism master plan that seeks to maximize the island province’s potential to become a major nature destination in the region.
Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. told Palawan News the perspective was presented by Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr., President/Founder Palafox Architecture, which included measures that will avoid environmental and waste management problems.
“Nakita na nga natin sa ibang lugar without naming names na hindi naging ready ‘yong lugar, na dapat bago pa lang umusbong may plano na agad ‘yong LGU,” Acosta said.
Acosta said the master plan will prepare the province to achieve its goal of becoming the top tourist destination not only in the country but also in entire SouthEast Asia. He added that part of this preparation is the implementation of major infrastructure projects in the province.
Acosta added the province is aiming to achieve a tourist arrival of around five million in the next five to 10 years.
“We have to lay down the infrastructure. ‘Yong natural beauty ng lalawigan nandiyan na at alam na ng mga taga-Pilipinas ‘yong ganda ng lalawigan,” he said.
He also said that the province has the capacity to be the country’s “crown jewel” because of its natural beauty and diverse scenery.
“Narealize ng administration na dapat ngayon pa lang may plano na, hindi lamang itong mga munisipyo na may existing tourism industry bagkus ‘yong mga iba pang munisipyo na gusto nating idevelop. ‘Yon pa nga ang maganda sa lalawigan, lahat ng munisipyo pwedeng pagtayuan ng master plan,” he said.
He added that the master plan of San Vicente town which was also done by Palafox will be incorporated with the provincial plan.
Acosta said they are expecting the province’s tourism sector to significantly impact the current estimated 55% poverty incidence in the province and post a major contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez pointed out that the master plan will also help to maintain and protect the natural beauty of the province amidst the rapid development of the tourism sector.
“This master planning can preserve the whole Palawan, to be there not only for the next generation but forever when everything is in place,” Alvarez said.