Despite the haze affecting Palawan from the Indonesian forest fires, the City Tourism Office said that this does not affect the tourism industry of Puerto Princesa.
Assistant city tourism officer Demetrio Alvior said during the port visit of international cruise ship Le Laperouse on Monday that the tourists aboard the ship were already aware that Palawan is affected by the haze.
“Sabi naman sa akin ng travel manager ng ship ay aware sila na affected tayo ng haze, alam nila at sabi naman ng DENR ang haze dito sa atin ay tolerable. Maliban nalang siguro doon sa mga may allergies at asthma na. ‘Yon lang naman ang gusto natin na at least malaman nila kaya buti na lang updated din ang mga turista,” he said.
However, Alvior said that tourists will not be able to see the mountains and views of the city due to the haze.
Alvior added that they should not be worried on the situation of the city.
“Nakakalungkot nga lang kasi hindi nila makikita ang bundok at mga views natin kasi makapal ang haze. Lalo na doon sa parteng north ay kitang-kita talaga. Kahit ganon ay we are very lucky kasi maraming puno dito at nale-lessen nya ang impact ng haze,” he said.
The decreased visibility was frequently observed the past days due to the presence of haze at the atmosphere throughout the province of Palawan, according to the report of The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Local chief Sonny Pajarilla said that the weak intensity of the wind and the absence of rains are contributing to the transport of particles and to slow down within the atmosphere.
“Dahil mahina ang hangin, ang transport ng dispersion na tinatawag ay mahina rin, concentrated yong particulate matter na tina-transport from Indonesia plus ngayon,” he said.