Stakeholders from major tourism cities such as Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Legazpi, Tagbilaran, and Puerto Princesa advocated for concessional financing packages and more government support through an online roundtable discussion organized by USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project on April 8, 2020. More than 20 private sector representatives operating tourism-related businesses such as hotels, restaurants, resorts, theme parks, travel and tour agencies, transport services and local tourism councils participated in the virtual consultative session.

More than 30 communication officers from the local governments and water districts of Cities Development Initiative (CDI) cities of Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga and the province of Bohol gained more knowledge to strengthen emergency or crisis content creation and management through a virtual workshop organized by USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project on April 7, 2020.

Protecting the Tourism Industry

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron | April 8, 2020


The challenge is to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the tourism industry and to mitigate the spread of the virus in Puerto Princesa City.  Tourism is the major economic driver of the city. It has generated more than PhP5.45 billion worth of revenues in 2019, with 1.2 million tourist arrivals and more than 2,100 MICE events. However, these figures dropped by 80 percent in the first quarter of 2020.


New and Old Public Market Schedule

March 26

For us to be able to impose Social Distancing to market goers and prevent further spread of COVID-19, the City Government of Puerto Princesa Plans will be implementing assigned market hours for group of barangays to avoid congestion at the public market.

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