Mayor Lucilo Bayron immediately closed the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River until the end of the quarantine period. The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) tour has also been suspended as early as March 15. However, other destinations under community-based sustainable tourism remained operational initially. During the closure of the PPUR tour, the park management devoted its efforts into maintenance of its facilities and an information education campaign on the single-use plastic ordinance.
Meanwhile, El Nido was also closed to tourists. Tourism stakeholders have also been bracing for a slump in the tourism industry once the quarantine is lifted in the province. In an effort to invite tourists into the province, they have been planning to implement a domestic marketing approach and offer diving learning packages to local residents and domestic tourists.
Not all tourist establishments have been focused on their operations though. Some have devoted their facilities to help against the pandemic. For instance, the El Nido Local Government has made use of tourism facilities in order to help frontliners in the area. The CED Villas and CED Garden Residence have provided their resorts and rooms to accommodate frontliners in Barangay Corong-Corong.
Ultimately, business owners and workers are still uncertain of whether tourists will visit Palawan after the ECQ. They stated that they have no choice but to wait until travelling is safe again for tourists. Since the province relies greatly on tourism, Palawan is bracing for changes in the industry during and after the pandemic.
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