Palawan eyes tourism reopening with El Nido dry run


Posted at Jul 07 2020 10:16 AM

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Local officials in Palawan are eyeing to reopen tourism activities with a dry run in El Nido, known for its white sand beaches, limestone cliffs and lagoons, Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez said Tuesday. 

The provincial government is waiting for the Tourism department's approval for the El Nido dry run, which will ban mass gatherings and cater only to domestic tourists who will be tested for the coronavirus, he said.

"Dapat buksan natin [ang turismo nang] dahan-dahan, very careful, observing everything," he told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo. 

(We should tourism slowly, very carefully and while observing everything.) 

"Mas maraming mamamatay sa gutom kung walang trabaho, walang negosyo, walang ginagawa ang tao kundi nasa bahay na lang," he added. 

(More people will die from hunger if there are no jobs, businesses, and they do nothing but stay at home.)

Palawan's tourism, which generates about P150 billion in income yearly, remains closed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, said the governor. 

The province has 10 hospitals and a coronavirus testing center, he said. 
TeleRadyo, July 7, 2020