DOTr opens Palawan-Antique RoRo missionary route
The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), an agency under the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has opened 19 new Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) missionary routes, including the Cuyo, Palawan to San Jose de Buenavista, Antique route . A RORO missionary route involves one or more direct links covering two RORO-capable ports that have no existing shipping service due to geographic limitation and/or absence of market viability. MARINA encourages shipping companies to operate in any of the newly-opened RORO missionary routes in support of the enhancement of the country’s RORO Terminal System, a seamless stretch of roads and ports to improve inter-island transportation, enhance tourism, and expand regional markets, among others.
Palawan urges farm owners: Help boost agri-tourism development
To attract more tourists, the Palawan Provincial Government is encouraging farm owners to open their properties as agri-tourism sites . The Provincial Tourism Promotions and Development Department has identified farms all over the province that have potential for agri-tourism. This initiative is part of the strategic action plan for farm tourism development in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (MIMAROPA), as prescribed under the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016. The action plan, jointly crafted in February by provincial tourism officers and representatives from the tourism, agriculture, and trade and industry departments, contains programs and projects for farm tourism development in the MIMAROPA region.
El Nido’s island, lagoon closed for Survivor Russia filming
Reality television show Survivor Russia continues its filming in Palawan’s top tourist destination, El Nido . The municipal government has granted the show a special permit to conduct filming from January 26 to March 5 in selected island and beach destinations in town. For this week, Pinagbuyutan Island (under Tour B) and Cadlao Lagoon (under Tour D) are closed to the public from 7 AM to 3 PM on March 2 and 4, respectively. If you’re planning on availing no-frills island hopping tours, choose Tour A (PHP 1,200/head – Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Payong-payong, Secret Lagoon, and Seven Commandos) and Tour C (PHP 1,400/head – Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Island, and Helicopter Island) instead.