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This Week in Palawan (February 8 to 14, 2021)

Honda Bay, one of Palawan’s tourist attractions, is gearing up for tourism.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | February 08, 2021
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Palawan is making efforts to bounce back after suffering big losses due to the pandemic. Commuters will also see lowered fares, and the city increased the passenger capacities of tricycles. Tourism in Honda Bay is also preparing to have safer tourism activities. Read on for the complete details on these quarantine news and more.

Traffic News: Tricycle fare rolled back to PhP10

The Puerto Princesa City Council reverted the regular tricycle fare in the city from PhP20 to PhP10. According to the latest ordinance, the PhP20 special rate, which was implemented during the peak of the quarantine, has been lifted [2].

The special fare was lifted due to numerous commuters’ complaints. In addition to the change in the fare rate, tricycles are also now allowed to transport more than one passenger as long as there are plastic barriers between passengers. Currently, a maximum of three passengers are allowed for each tricycle. Tricycle units or persons who will violate the ordinance will be fined PhP500 on first offense, PhP1,000 on second, and PhP1,500 on third.

Travel News: Honda Bay gears up for tourism comeback

There will be adjustments in Honda Bay as the area reopens again to local tourists. The adjustments will be regarding the various economic activities in the area that can help tourists and locals adjust to the new normal. For instance, buffets that are usually included in tour packages have been taken off to limit contact between tourists and staff.

Snorkeling gears would also not be available for rent at establishments. Tourists are recommended to bring their own gear. Other water sports are still available. The practice of “joiners,” which merges small individuals to a group to save fuel, have also been prohibited. The protocols were crafted by the City Tourism Office (CTO), stakeholders, and local business groups [3].

Health News: Mental health clinic in Narra now open

Palawenos can now seek better help for their mental health and wellbeing at the newly launched Mental Health Clinic and Drug Recovery and Wellness Center. Launched last January 28, the wellness center is the first of its kind in the province. It is located in Barangay Antipuluan, Narra, but the facilities are open to residents outside of Narra.

Holiday News: Chinese New Year 2021 falls on February 12

Chinese New Year this 2021 will fall on February 12. During this day, the Chinese Zodiac Calendar will be changing into Year of the Metal Ox. It is a special non-working holiday in the Philippines [5].

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Palawan.

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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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