Palawan towns must attend ‘Subaraw Biodiversity Festival’

Maclang says the construction of a new and bigger wharf or passenger terminal, worth P100-P150 million with breakwater and wastewater facility, is now being processed. (File photo)

The Palawan Provincial Board approved on Tuesday a measure requiring all municipalities in the province to join the “Subaraw Biodiversity Festival” of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) set on November 2-11.

The resolution was authored by all members of the provincial board.

Vice Mayor Nancy Socrates, who led members of the City Council in attending the provincial board session, said they are asking the support of the provincial government in the form of a resolution that will be presented to the LGUs during their visit.

“We are hoping for the support of the provincial board to encourage all the municipalities to join in our Subaraw festival. Maganda din kasi na madala namin sa mga munisipyo ang resolution from the board,” Socrates said.

This year’s festival is in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the declaration of the Underground River as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature on November 11, 2011.

Elizabeth Maclang, the park’s superintendent, in a presentation before provincial board members showed what they have prepared to celebrate the “Subaraw Biodiversity Festival” and how its name came to be.

She said “suba” means “river” and “taraw” is the local word for “karst mountain.”

Maclang said the city government is the first LGU in the Philippines that will have the biodiversity festival.

“Ito ang first biodiversity festival [that will be] managed by a local government. Magbibigay tayo ng mga invitations and criteria sa mga munisipyo on how to join the events,” she said.

She added that the festival will have float competitions in three categories, and other contests they may join.

In the resolution, the provincial board called on all 23 municipalities to join and actively participate in the festival activities.

Vice Governor Dennis Socrates assured the members of the City Council and Maclang that they support the “Subaraw Biodiversity Festival.”

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