The Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office (CTO) is focusing this year on the promotion and upgrading of the facilities in community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) sites.
CTO chief Aileen Cynthia Amurao said Monday during the welcoming of the Royal Air inaugural flight that they are looking forward to open more tourism sites in Puerto Princesa this 2019.
“Ang major focus ng ating city tourism is first, the cultural and heritage tourism, so naka-focus tayo dyan kaya we just opened the Ladawan [Village]. Susunod actually ang Iwahig dyan, inaayos pa lang natin we are upgrading the CBSTs,” said Amurao.
Amurao noted there are 25 CBST sites in the city at present.
According to the records of the CTO, the 25 CBST destinations in the city are: Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour; Pambato Reef Snorkeling; Bacungan Mangrove River Cruise; Maoyon River Cruise and Rafting; Babuyan Twin Sandbars; Sabang Sea Ferry-PPUR; Mangrove Paddleboat Tour; Isla Felomina Diving Site; Buenavista View Deck/Ulugan Bay, and Iwahig FireflyWatching.
The other CBST sites are the: Olangoan Waterfalls; Floating Fish Cages; Nagtabon Beach; Sabang Falls; Salakot Waterfalls; Langogan Village-Arutayan Falls; Hundred Caves; Taraw Cave; Ugong Rock; Jungle Trail; Batak Cultural Village; Plaza Cuartel; Palawan Ecological Adventure Trail; Kayulo Falls, Bahile, and the Wonder Paradise Cave.
However, they are still planning to open more soon through “adoption programs” and “partnerships” with the private sector.
Amurao also said the city government, specifically Mayor Lucilo Bayron, wants Royal Air to partner with them in promoting the CBST sites of Puerto Princesa.
This, she said, is a simple agreement between the local government and the management of Royal Air.
“Mailagay man lang nila sa in-flight magazines nila sa destinations nila ay malaking bagay na,” said Amurao.