The Departmentof Tourism (DOT) and the City Government of Puerto Princesa, Palawan have teamed up for the launch of a new online booking system for local and foreign tourists visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR).
Last 7 February2013, the DOT turned over the system to the City Government of Puerto Princesa for the site’s operation and management as provided by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn, in his acceptance message, shared how tourism has anchored thecity’s sustainable development paradigm, particularly in managing the ecosystems that tourism in-flows demand.
Through the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department of Tourism(DOT) is collaborating with other government agencies in minimizing excessive regulations and overbearing bureaucracy to improve the Philippines’ competitiveness in the region.
The ADB extends its help through a technical assistance program under the PHI Strengthening Institutions for an Improved Investment Climate with the Philippine Government. The same assistance is also extended to other developing countries like Lao PDR and Cambodia.
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