Busuanga Mayor Elizabeth Cervantes said she will be meeting with various tourism stakeholders in her town to discuss a possible opening of their tourism destinations.
Cervantes told Palawan News in an interview that she will call the meeting this week for tourism operators, related establishment owners, and other key individuals and officials to know their opinions on reopening their attractions to welcome domestic travelers.
“Isa yan sa mga arrangement namin dito sa local government unit (LGU) natin na pupulungin ko ang mga tourism operators natin para malaman natin ang kanilang mga hinaing at kung ano man ang mapagpupulungan ay isasanguni natin sa inter-agency task force (IATF) natin. Kung dapat na nga bang i-operate ang mga local tourism attractions natin sa Busuanga,” she said.
Cervantes said in the event that their tourism industry will reopen, there will be a “very strict” implementation of health protocols to prevent COVID-19.
She said they will also not accept travelers from municipalities and provinces with active coronavirus disease cases.
“Kung papagalawin man natin uli ang tourism activity natin dito, ang ica-cater lang talaga natin ay local tourists lang talaga. Ibig sabihin mga taga-Busuanga lang talaga at walang mga ibang munisipyo ang pupunta sa mga attractions natin. Depende sa rekomendasyon ng municipal IATF kung dapat na ba o hindi pa,” Cervantes added.
Among other attractions, Busuanga is known as the Philippines’ “safari park” because of Calauit Park, a wildlife sanctuary in the Philippines that was originally created in 1976 as a game reserve featuring large African mammals, translocated there under the orders of Ferdinand Marcos during his 21-year rule of the country.