USAID/SURGE Project

Twenty-eight (28) community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) associations in Puerto Princesa City developed sustainability and operational plans for 2020-2021 after participating in a workshop on business planning organized by USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project in collaboration with the Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office on November 28 to 29, 2019.

Around 200 tourism stakeholders from tourism establishments, community-based sustainable tourism associations, academe, environment and conservation advocacy groups, and non-government organizations in Puerto Princesa City gained deeper understanding and formulated policy recommendations for nature-based tourism and biodiversity during a forum on November 7, 2019. The forum was organized by the Puerto Princesa City government, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) Partners Foundation, and supported by USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project.

On November 8, 2019, the Puerto Princesa-Palawan Seaweed Network in Puerto Princesa City received PhP3.4 million-worth of loans from the Landbank of the Philippines. The loans will help the expansion of production of four seaweed associations in barangays Manalo, Luzviminda, and Babuyan to address the demand of seaweed from four supply agreements with several buyers and processors.

Around 200 tourism stakeholders from tourism establishments, community-based sustainable tourism associations, academe, environment and conservation advocacy groups, and non-government organizations in Puerto Princesa City gained deeper understanding and formulated policy recommendations for nature-based tourism and biodiversity during a forum on November 7, 2019. The forum was organized by the Puerto Princesa City government, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) Partners Foundation, and supported by USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project.

Seventeen (17) community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) associations in Puerto Princesa City now have their respective five-year CBST Development and Management Plan after participating in a workshop on tourism development and management planning organized by USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project on October 28 to 29, 2019. The 68 participants from the 17 CBST associations learned about the importance of sustainable development which helped them envision the changes in their communities in ten years.

USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project assists Puerto Princesa City’s Septage Management Committee and Technical Working Group in conducting household surveys, providing capacity building through septage management learning visits, and updating the water district’s septage feasibility study. On September 16 to 17, 2019, around 30 representatives from various offices of the city government and the water district participated in a social marketing training conducted by USAID/SURGE.

The city government of Puerto Princesa highlighted seaweed production and processing as among the city's priority investment areas during the Puerto Princesa Investment Forum held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on September 25, 2019. Mr. Maximo Ricohermoso, founding chairman of the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP), presented the advantages of Puerto Princesa as a suitable location for seaweed growing and value-added processing.

The Puerto Princesa City government generated a total of PhP27.5 billion worth of investments during the city’s first major business forum with theme “Puerto Princesa: Your Investment. Our commitment.” held on September 25, 2019 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.

On August 26 to 28, 2019, the Puerto Princesa City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) held its i-Tree inventory of tourism establishments to determine the ecosystem services that their areas provide. Ecosystem services are the benefits humans gain from the natural environment. By doing an eco-inventory assessment, city stakeholders can be more strategic and effective in resource management. Ms. Claire Bea, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, witnessed the process of conducting the i-Tree inventory. Atty.

On August 20, 2019, the Puerto Princesa City government developed four business plans for the city’s local economic enterprises, namely the City Coliseum Management, Baywalk Management, Transport Terminal, and Fish Port. This was a follow-through activity of the series of trainings on domestic resource mobilization for enterprise development organized by USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project. The business plans featured enterprise operations in terms of growth, revenue share and profitability. Prior to the business planning activity, Ms.

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