Cruise ship port in Puerto nearing completion
The 500-meter cruise ship port in Puerto Princesa City is now 60% completed and may be finished by the end of 2020, according to City Mayor Lucilo Bayron . He said the port could boost the city’s cruise ship industry as “it will be able to accommodate bigger ships” carrying 7,000 to 10,000 passengers and 5,000 crew members. Started a few years ago, the big-ticket project’s construction is funded by the national government’s “Build, Build, Build” through the Department of Public Works and Highways. Residents, who had settled in Barangays Mabuhay, Pagkakaisa and Bagong Silang where the project is located, have been relocated to give way for the port construction.
In relation, the city government is eyeing a sea route for small cruise ships that could sail to four tourist favorite destinations, Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron and Boracay .
Puerto Princesa celebrates Tourism Month
Puerto Princesa City is in a festive mood as it celebrates the month-long Tourism Month this September . One of the highlights of the celebration is the setting up of shops for locally-made products at the City Coliseum grounds, where tourism-related activities are also held until September 30. During its opening, City Mayor Lucilo Bayron urged residents to travel local to appreciate tourist attractions within their own backyard. The mayor also mentioned the city government’s plan to develop additional tourism destinations, including man-made parks which would help in attracting more tourists. Meanwhile, some of the activities you can check out when in Puerto Princesa this Tourism Month are the electronic dance music street party along Rizal Avenue (Sept 21), color fun run (Sept 22), native fashion show (Sept 24), among others.