ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan – Pangasinan expects more tourist arrival after the Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) rehabilitation projects are completed.
Mayor Arthur Celeste said the city government is preparing to further develop and improve the three major islands namely the Quezon, Children and Governors’ Island to increase the number of tourist visiting the province.
“The city government will focus more on the city’s tourism industry and agriculture aside from infrastructure,” Celeste said in an interview during the first out-town session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan last Monday at the Provincial Field Office here.
The islands’ rehabilitation is expected to increase the annual income generated from the tourist visiting the HINP from about of up to P15 million a year, Celeste disclosed as he expressed that the city is lucky to have been the host of the province’s jewel.
“The increase of P1 million in the city’s income was generated from the HINP especially in Quezon Island because it is now solar-powered and has new structures like toilets, gazebos and monuments,” Celeste said.
Water tanks will also soon be put up in the islands to support the need of potable water, he added.
The wharf in the Quezon Island will be extended to at least 15 meters to cater to the arrival of tourists aboard the cruise ship, he said.
The national park, comprising of at least 123 islands, is now offering a helmet diving activity that will satisfy tourists while walking in the surface of the island.
“With the help of the provincial government, the city and the islands will be improved further to attract tourist from both local and foreign origin,” he said.
“To further boost the tourist arrivals, soon there will be two additional water activities which include another type of diving and water scooter,” Celeste said.
Likewise, the city government is proposing an ordinance regulating the operation of HINP to finally stop the abusive charging of fares and prices of products sold to all tourists visiting the islands by store owners, tricycle operators and boatmen in the wharf, he said.
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