DOT fetes Palawan as among world’s 10 most beautiful islands

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019   •   278

The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the recognition of Palawan after it was hailed as among the world’s 10 best islands by CNN Travel.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has lauded the efforts of the local government in Palawan for promoting sustainable tourism.

“Our rehabilitation efforts to preserve the beauty of Palawan did not go unnoticed. We are thankful for this CNN citation of our tourist destinations,” she said.

According to CNN Travel, Palawan is “a gorgeous haven of pale sand and clear water.”

Included in the list of best islands in the world are Milos, Greece; Bartolomé, Ecuador; Fregate, Seychelles; St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles; Jura, Scotland; Komodo Island, Indonesia; and Kaua’i, United States.

Meanwhile, Travel+Leisure magazine in New York ranked Palawan second among world’s best islands.—AAC

PH secures two major awards in 2019 World Travel Awards

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

TOURISM AWARDS – Department of Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr. receives the Asia’s Leading Tourism Board and Asia’s Leading Dive Destination awards at the 2019 World Travel Awards on Saturday (Oct. 12). The DOT was hailed as Asia’s Leading Tourism Board after a significant increase in the country’s visitor arrivals has been recorded in the past year. (Photo courtesy of DOT)

The Philippines bagged two major awards at the 2019 World Travel Awards in Vietnam on October 12.

The 2019 World Travel Awards has hailed the Department of Tourism (DOT) as Asia’s Leading Tourism Board after it recorded a significant increase in visitor arrivals for the country in the past year.

There was a 14.08 percent year-on-year increase in the country’s international inbound traffic, based on the data of the DOT.

The country was also recognized as Asia’s Leading Dive Destination. According to the DOT, dive tourism is one of the key areas in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP ) 2016 – 2022.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the awards are “for all Filipinos to celebrate.”

“A triumph as great as this simply could not be possible without the combined hard work from the government, industry partners, and tourism stakeholders in realizing a more upward tourism industry for the country,” she said.—AAC

PCG nabs 8 Vietnamese poachers in Palawan

UNTV News   •   September 28, 2019

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) arrested eight Vietnamese on Thursday (September 26) for allegedly poaching sharks along the coast of Barangay Mangsee in Balabac, Palawan.

The PCG said they received reports about a foreign vessel sailing in the Philippine coast without proper documents.

According to the suspected poachers, they were unaware that they were already sailing into Philippine territory, and added that the sharks they caught were caught in Vietnamese waters.

Authorities found dead sharks and dried shark skin and bones inside the Vietnamese vessel.

PCG Palawan Spokesperon Lt. Commander Christian Jazmin said the Vietnamese nationals will undergo inquest proceedings and will face charges for illegal entry and for violating Republic Act 9147 or Wildlife Act.

Sacks of dried endangered species seized in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 28, 2019

(L-R) A box of dried seahorse and sacks of other dried endangered species

A joint law enforcement operation yielded stockpiles of dried endangered species and wildlife byproducts seized at Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa in Palawan last September 27.

Authorities recovered 38 sacks of dried pangolin scale; 18 boxes of dried seahorse and nine ice boxes of dried sea turtle carapace.

According to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), the confiscated items are now under the custody of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Staff.

The killing, hunting, processing of protected wild is against RA 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The operation was a joint initiative of Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines (WESCOM, AFP) together with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and barangay officials of San Pedro.

Follow up operations are ongoing to identify the identities behind the unlawful activity.

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