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“The numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January to May in 2018, we are already close to breaching the 3.5 million mark this year. This only shows that the preservation of our environment can go hand in hand with economic gains," said tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday.

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    DOT records 3.4-M int’l tourists from Jan-May 2019

    July 8, 2019, 7:03 pm

    Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

    MANILA — For the first five months of 2019, a total of 3,489,270 tourists visited the Philippines, marking a 9.76 percent increase from last year’s figures, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT).

    “The numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January to May in 2018, we are already close to breaching the 3.5 million mark this year. This only shows that the preservation of our environment can go hand in hand with economic gains," said tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday.

    Puyat said she is also pleased to note that for the month of May, tourist arrivals saw an impressive 15.62 percent growth, the highest month-per-month growth rate this year, from 537,743 last year to 621,719 this year.

    The country’s number one source market, South Korea, continues its foothold in the top spot with 788,530 Jan-May arrivals, chalking up an 11.76 percent growth rate comprising 22.6 percent of the total arrivals.

    China trails closely behind with 733,769 arrivals for a staggering 30.96 percent increase and with a 21.03 percent market share.

    Sustaining its third and fourth rankings are the USA with 472,469 (+1.98%) and Japan with 281,988 (+2.19%).

    Another market with a remarkable double digit growth rate is Taiwan at the fifth place with 128,986 (+27.24%).

    Australia with 123,851 (+2.7%), Canada with 114,605 (+5.01%), and the United Kingdom with 92,914 (+3.49%), posted positive growth placing sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

    Singapore followed at the ninth spot with 64,951 (-14.38%) with Malaysia winding up the top ten markets with 62,144 (+1.81%). (PR)


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    They describe destinations in Palawan as “Dramatic seascapes and wildlife-laden jungles of the slender,” and they don’t want you to forget the crown jewel of Palawan, El Nido.

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    Palawan made it to Lonely Planet’s top ten list to visit in Asia-Pacific

    Updated July 7, 2019, 4:20 PM

    By Andrea Aro

    Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Asia Pacific Lists’ is composed of what’s hot in the Asia Pacific this year.

    Small Lagoon El Nido Palawan Credit Dexter Baldon  FLICKR  MANILA BULLETIN

    Small Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan (Credit: Dexter Baldon / FLICKR / MANILA BULLETIN)

    Luckily, one of the beautiful destinations that we’re most proud of was on their list.

    Palawan is on number 8, above Beijing, China and Cambodia.

    They describe destinations in Palawan as “Dramatic seascapes and wildlife-laden jungles of the slender,” and they don’t want you to forget the crown jewel of Palawan, El Nido.

    Rock formations and different lagoons are one of the best destinations to visit in Palawan.

    Plastics are prohibited inside their tourist boats to help tackle marine pollution.

    The lists are also composed of 10 beautiful destinations around the Asia Pacific, Margaret River at Southern WA, Australia made it on top.

    Lonely Planet gives information to people who love to travel about beautiful destinations to visit around the world.

    They have an application that is packed with tips and advice before or during your trip. Lonely Planet application is available on both IOS and Android.


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    These modernized PUVs will ply the main circumferential road that goes around the interior of the island, picking up and dropping off passengers at designated stops.

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    DOT statement on the Manila tourism circuit plan

    The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the initiative of the City of Manila under the leadership of Mayor Isko Moreno to boost tourism in the Philippines’ capital city.

    “A strong and active partnership with the local government units (LGUs) can only help advance the government’s sustainable tourism development that aims to preserve and protect not only the country’s many natural tourist attractions but also its rich cultural heritage and historical sites,” says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

    In support of Mayor Moreno’s efforts, Puyat has directed the following offices to work closely with Manila City Hall: DOT National Capital Region (NCR), attached agencies Intramuros Administration (IA), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zones Authority (TIEZA), and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).

    “Manila is the crucible of Philippine history and culture and the primary gateway to the country’s 7,641 island destinations. And we at the DOT share the vision and enthusiasm of Mayor Moreno in providing our international visitors a great first impression of the Philippines as soon as they set foot in Manila,” added Puyat.

    Last month, the DOT NCR and the Intramuros Administration, in partnership with the Manila Hotel, recently launched the “Visita Intramuros” to showcase Manila’s historical gems through special promos on tour packages, including visits to Manila Hotel, Fort Santiago, and Intramuros.
    “There is much to experience in the country’s capital city. Aside from Intramuros, we have Rizal Park, Paco Park, Quiapo Church, Sta. Cruz, Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown, and University of Sto. Tomas, as well as the traditional and religious festivities,” said Puyat.

    According to the DOT’s Statistics, Economic Analysis and Information Management Division (SEAIMD), a total of 4,839,593 international tourists arrived via Manila air and sea ports in 2018 (air, 4,691,003; sea, 148,590).

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    The Department of Tourism (DOT) holds an economic press briefing on sustainable tourism and other updates at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on July 10, 2019.


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    “It’s very exciting to see that even TV personalities or showbiz personalities are also showing their support to the programs of the Department of Tourism,”

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    Mendoza attributed the tourist influx to, among others, the invigorating climate, peace and order, the serene and the beautiful surroundings and proximity to Metro Manila.

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    Naalala niyo pa ba ang mga educational field trips noon?

    Dahil sa mas maayos na National Museum of the Philippines Act, maasahan nating lalong marami tayong matutunan sa pagbisita ng ating mga pambansang museo.

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    A world-class sports city in the Philippines. Finally.


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    Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission - PRRC and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started the use of a trash skimmer in its cleanup activities along Pasig River.

    The use of modern technology such as skimmer aims to fast-track the cleanup and removal of garbage in waterways within Metro Manila as part of the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

    The skimmer started its regular operation on June 27, collecting 400 to 700 sacks of floating garbage and debris a day. It operates on weekdays starting from Nagtahan Bridge to Ayala Bridge extending further downstream to the Parola area near Baseco Compound.

    The cleanup activities are being assisted by the PRRC's river warriors, who are engaged in the collection, transport and proper disposal of wastes collected by the skimmer and trashboat. The MMDA facilitates the transport of collected garbage to the nearest transfer station before its final disposal.

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    SOLAR is the FUTURE! #KahitMakulimlim

    "The RELY project aims to promote the use of renewable energy to improve lives and foster climate-change mitigation in poor and remote communities by energizing 16 off-grid public schools in Cebu, Bohol and Palawan through solar energy."

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    IN PHOTOS: In support of the DENR's greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reduction program, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) participated in the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Nurture Nature Tree Planting Activity at Mt. Balagbag, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan yesterday, 26 July 2019.

    During the tree planting activity, more or less 2,100 seedlings of Guyabano, Narra and Bignay were planted for the Contract Package 2 (Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos).

    This will be followed by a similar activity involving 106,900 trees for the Contract Package 1 (Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, and Bocaue), 8,000 of which will be planted at the La Mesa Watershed and another 98,900 will be planted at Mt. Balagbag.

    The activity is in line with the partner People’s Organization—the Mt. Balagbag Farmers Association of San Isidro San Jose Del Monte City, Inc., which was commissioned to implement the planting of 33,650 seedlings and conduct protection and maintenance for three (3) years.

    Other agencies who participated were the Philippine National Railways (PNR), Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co. (SMCC), and NSTren Consortium.


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    "The creative economy hub, we will start it this year so as to further attract the youth to come to visit Intramuros," Tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in an interview on Tuesday.

    "In this hub, we will host artists, all those into the arts and creatives. We will build them quarters in Intramuros, all Filipinos," she added.

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    The DENR has been tasked to ensure that we practice SUSTAINABLE TOURISM in another premier destination in the country: Palawan 🏝

    Konting tiis lang po. Para sa atin po ito. For a #BetterPhilippines.

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    Wednesday, August 14 2019

    Establishments shut down as part of Palawan Rehab Efforts
    Establishments shut down as part of Palawan Rehab Efforts

    Establishments shut down as part of Palawan Rehab Efforts

    August 9, 2019

    PARADISE UNDER REPAIR. Ten hotels in Palawan have been issued cease-and-desist orders (CDO) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the corresponding local government units (LGUs). The reason? It has been determined that they are polluting Bacuit Bay in El Nido, and Coron Bay in Coron.

    Public notices on the violation of the concerned establishments have been put up, as well as sealing of their waterlines and facilities to prevent them from releasing more wastewater.

    The hotels were found to have discharged wastewater that greatly exceed the allowable standards, and are in violation of the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

    CDOs issued to establishments contributing to high coliform levels

    These CDOs were issued after a decision to keep El Nido open during its rehabilitation was reached by the DENR, Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). However, swimming activities are banned in some areas with high level of coliform bacteria.

    For El Nido, CDOs were served to the following establishments:

    • View Deck Cottages
    • Lagun Hotel
    • Spin Designer Hotel
    • La Casa Teresa Tourist Inn, Inc.
    • Mansion Buenavista Guest House.

    Meanwhile in Coron, CDOs were served to the following establishments:

    • Busuanga Sea Dive Resort
    • Corto Del Mar
    • Coron Gateway Hotel
    • Sophia’s Garden Resort
    • Pearl Vista De Coron Resort.

    Wastewater from these hotels drains to Bacuit Bay and Coron Bay, contributing to the very high fecal coliform count in the waters. The identified beach areas are currently cordoned off, with signages reminding the public of the no-swimming policy.

    Palawan as the next target for rehab following Boracay’s success

    El Nido and Coron, two of the country’s prime tourist destinations, are currently undergoing massive rehabilitation. This is following the successful rehabilitation of Boracay island.

    Coron and Bacuit Bays are identified as Class SB, or suitable for ecotourism and recreational activities. Unfortunately, encroachment of easement zones and waterways by business structures and households have found to have degraded the quality of the water. This led to them being the initial targets for rehabilitation in Palawan.

    Stakeholders need to be educated

    According to Environmental Management Board (EMB) MIMAROPA Regional Director Michael Drake Matias, stakeholders for these places should be educated on their duties. Their duties of protecting the environment, when not carried out, will have corresponding sanctions.

    “We hope that the public, especially the business sector, would understand that what we are doing, the stakeholders forum as well as the issuance of the CDO against erring establishments, form part of our shared responsibility to protect nature and preserve it for future generations,” said Matias.

    Above all, if Boracay is any indication, all stakeholders in Palawan should realize that great things can come from this rehabilitation effort. The government will have their back, just like what happened in Boracay, and soon their islands will also be redeemed.


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