It was in March 26, 1971 when Puerto Princesa City first celebrated the “Araw ng Taraw” which marked the declaration of Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as a national park and named as Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
The “taraw” is the mountain wherein the underground river situated.
The PPSRNP covers four barangays: Cabayugan, Tagabinet, Marufinas and New Panggangan.
This year’s celebration of Araw ng Taraw commenced with a community parade and a program at the wharf attended by various sectors. Among other activities are tree planting, quiz bee and medical mission.
According to PPSRNP Manager Elizabeth Maclang, wdspite the influx of tourists, they continue to strive to develop the surrounding community without endangering the interest of the environment.
“Patuloy ang paglakas ng PPSRNP para mapaunlad ang mga community, at the same time hindi nakukumpromiso ang ating karagatan, kalikasan at kabundukan kahit na dinaragsa tayo ng mga turista,” Maclang said.
The celebration will conclude tomorrow, March 30, with the awarding of recognition to the cleanest resort, restaurant, barangay and other business establishments.