El Nido, Palawan (Photo credit: Jerick Parrone – https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmparrone/)
To promote welfare in its tourism industry, the Palawan provincial government announced on Monday, February 16, 2016, that it will start its “Bantay Turista” project by setting up tourist desks initially in four municipalities, will start setting up tourist desks, initially, in four municipalities.
The “Bantay Turista” desks will be initially set up in March by the Palawan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in the towns of Quezon and Brooke’s Point in southern Palawan, and San Vicente and El Nido in mainland north of the province.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer for Media and Training Roselee Buenconsejo, who is also the project’s head said: “Through the tourist desks, guests and visitors can get information about what they need to know before visiting any site in the municipalities mentioned.”
The municipalities were selected as pilot areas of the tourist desks, which will eventually be placed in Coron, Busuanga, Taytay and Narra, which are also frequented by visitors. “The focus of the project is to keep tourists visiting Palawan safe from any untoward incident,” Buenconsejo said.
The PDRRMO will coordinate with the police and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) that will play big roles in the effort to keep Palawan’s tourism industry flourishing.
Part of the targets of the BT project is to also provide trainings and seminars to resort, hotel, tour operators, and front desk officers, who can help provide vital information about tourism in the province and how travels can be safe.
The modules that will be used for these trainings will come from the Department of Tourism (DOT), Buenconsejo said.