A newly-formed auxiliary program called “Bantay Turista” will be launched by the Palawan provincial government in November to take care of the safety and security of tourists, the spots they visit, and the environment.
The said program will be spearheaded by Gilbert Baaco, also the province’s Rescue 165 czar, and the head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).
The new program is the provincial government’s testament of commitment in ensuring the safety of tourists while further protecting Palawan’s natural resources.
One of Bantay Turista’s tasks is the creation of a special Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) active auxiliary that shall ensure peace and order.
They will also conduct forest, coastal, and sea monitoring events to intercept unscrupulous individuals engage in illegal activities.
Baaco supplied they also plan to require every tourist to plant trees to contribute to Palawan’s greening program.
The trees that would be planted will be their special memories of the province, and proof of their commitment to join Palawan’s crusade to protect its fragile natural resources.
Another task of Bantay Turista is to continuously discover and develop potential tourist spots in addition to the province’s favorite attractions.
It also aims to preserve Palawan’s culture by bringing foreign tourists to indigenous communities to be acquainted with their enriching traditional ways of life.
Baaco said the program is one of the strategies of the leadership of Governor Jose Alvarez to bring 3.5 million tourists to Palawan in 10 years.
It can be recalled that only last week, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a measure that calls on authorities in Palawan to create a special body that would help increase the security and safety of tourists who visit the province.