If there’s anything that the Boracay closure in 2018 taught us, it’s that sustainability is key when it comes to tourist spots. Soon, other popular sites in the country will get their own makeovers.
The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has lined up Php4 billion worth of infrastructure projects around the country. “TIEZA’s goal is to develop the Philippines into a prime tourist destination for travelers in a sustainable manner,” says Pocholo Paragas, TIEZA chief operating officer. “We want to improve tourism infrastructure and develop areas with significant cultural, historical or religious heritage, as well as those with eco-tourism value. We want to show our fellow Filipinos that this is where their travel taxes go.”
Aside from making sure that tourist facilities are senior citizen- and PWD-friendly, TIEZA is also making major improvements on these tourist hotspots:
Coron, Palawan — Without a proper sewage system, the most dazzling beaches can turn into a wasteland over time. Untreated sewage water can end up harming humans, wildlife and the environment. Sewage treatment plants are set to be built in picturesque Coron, to help retain its natural beauty.
Puerto Galera, Mindoro — This Mindoro town is also getting a sewage treatment plant that can help keep its beaches and dive sites clean.
Burnham Park, Baguio — The urban park has a manmade lake, bikes for rent and a playground, making it a beloved attraction in the Summer Capital. A rehabilitation project aims to refresh this crowd-drawer.
Boracay Island — Already having undergone a previous rehabilitation project, this world-renowned island will get an upgrade of its drainage systems.
San Juanico Bridge, Samar and Leyte — The longest bridge in the country, which connects the provinces of Samar and Leyte, will be getting some spiffed-up lighting.
TIEZA is also developing Tourism Enterprise Zones in Panglao, Bohol and in San Vicente, Palawan, a town halfway between Puerto Princesa and El Nido that is starting to gain some attention from travelers.
With TIEZA’s efforts, more people can enjoy these Philippine sites for longer.
This article was published in partnership with TIEZA and contains affiliate links.