Palawan is still on heightened alert as more inter-agency security fora and stakeholder discussions on anti-terrorism efforts were hosted this week, said Capt. Cheryl Tindog, WesCom’s Spokesperson.
According to Tindog, security forces are still conducting joint random checkpoints in the province. Authorities have also increased visibility in strategic locations, and have mobilized patrols on sea, air, land, inland waterways, rivers and even mangrove areas. Mobile and foot patrols were also strengthened.
In Puerto Princesa, a stakeholders meeting with resort owners in Honda Bay was held, while the Yatch Club and transport group were also given situation update and briefing. Another security forum was held in Astoria Hotel which was attended by various agencies.
Up north, inter-agency security meetings have been held in Coron, which were attended by the town mayor, uniformed personnel and other stakeholders.
In the south, the Southern Palawan Security Forum was held last May 16 at Rio Tuba, Bataraza, which was attended by the mayors of Narra, Bataraza, Sofronio Española and Rio Tuba, along with security forces, business sector representatives and other stakeholders.
As of press time, the tourism offices of the city and province said the decline in tourist bookings remain insignificant. Officials have attributed such minimal reduction in tourist activity to the expected end of the peak season. (READ: Puerto Princesa Underground River still fully-booked despite US travel alert)
Based also on reports, tourism in Coron has not been greatly affected, but joint security forces in the area are continuous in their clearing operations and mobile patrols, as well as maritime security patrol in inland waters, coastline and various beach resorts. Other possible landing sites and isolated areas in the said municipality, as well as in Busuanga, are also closely monitored.
With such “sustained, coordinated and synchronized inter-agency courses of actions” in Palawan, authorities said the province remains safe and secure.