To help reduce the toll on Palawan beaches, a motion urging all LGUs in the province to promote non-extractive and land recreational activities was approved at the Provincial Board (PB) Tuesday.
Authored by Board Member (BM) Clarito Demaala IV, the motion implores LGUs to showcase low-impact recreational activities such as hiking, trekking, camping, and wildlife watching in Palawan’s premier mountains to tourists as alternative vacation activities.
“Kaya natin naisip ‘yon (resolution), ‘yong Southern Palawan kasi wala kaming mga white sands. Ang alam natin ‘yong mga white sands lang natin ‘yong mga beaches is El Nido, Linapacan, San Vicente pati Taytay, wala po ang Southern Palawan na ganoon, ang meron lang is islands sa Balabac pero sa mainland talaga wala,” said Demaala.
Demaala said promoting land destinations in the province is a way to develop “sustainable ecological tourism” in Palawan as a whole.
He said the south of Palawan has a rich biodiversity with mountains like Mt. Mantalingahan and Victoria’s Peak. He added there are endemic species in these areas that cannot be found elsewhere.
“Pero ano ang kailangang gawin? Kailangan ng sustainable na support from the LGUs. Sana i-promote talaga nila not just by paper, but by heart,” he said.