Palawan is pushing for a “selective, prioritized, targeted, well-planned” opening of its domestic tourism, particularly for the towns of Coron, El Nido, and San Vicente.
In a statement issued Saturday on the Facebook page of Palawan Moving Forward, Governor Jose Alvarez said they have begun discussions with the Department of Tourism (DOT) for re-opening Palawan tourism to the domestic market, but taking into account the protection measures needed.
“There is a chance that we can reopen tourism with the right protocols. Let’s do it slowly but surely because of the hardest thing… is the first step and this meeting is the first step,” Alvarez said in a statement following his meeting with tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
“Money from the government is only limited, so somehow as a province, we have to generate our own resources so that we can all survive. The munisipyo, barangays and other auxiliary… especially in the tourism areas, we can start slowly but surely, hindi naman natin ito bubuksan agad-agad,” he added.
Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was in El Nido on July 4, where she committed to help Palawan in gradually reopening its tourism destinations in San Vicente, El Nido, and Coron.