Heritage tourism takes center stage
The tourism offices of the city and provincial governments are pushing for the development of various heritage tourism sites in Puerto Princesa City . The partnership between the said local governments focuses on the preservation of historical sites, such as the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, Governor’s Residence, Plaza Cuartel, and Eulalia Park near the city port. Also part of the planned cultural tourism development are the surrounding vintage houses with authentic interior and exterior designs dating back to the Spanish Colonial era. After their initial meeting, the key officials from the said tourism offices will meet again this month to discuss the partnership details.
In relation, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) recently trained representatives from the provincial and municipal governments on crafting their own cultural development plan . The said plan will serve as the local governments’ guide to identifying, preserving, and enriching local cultural properties which are deemed important to the country’s rich cultural heritage. The NCCA, meanwhile, has required the local governments to provide funds for the programs, projects, and activities that support the culture and arts development at the local level.
Sabang community now solar-powered
Puerto Princesa City’s tourism hub, Sitio Sabang in Barangay Cabayugan, popular for hosting the underground river, is now powered by solar energy . The micro-grid solar power plant of the Sabang Renewable Energy Corporation (SREC) was launched this second week of September. This plant produces 1.4 megawatts of electricity from solar energy, which is combined with 1.2 megawatts from generators. As it went full operation, it benefits a total of 650 households, as well as hotels, restaurants, and resorts, primarily the Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort. SREC sells power at a subsidized cost of PhP15 for commercial establishments and PhP12 per kilowatt-hour for residential. With much of its power supply come from solar, SREC aims the project to be a model in sustainable renewable energy generation in the Philippines.