Farm tourism eyed for Palawan

Palawan News - - AGRICULTURE - By Aira Ge­nesa Mag­dayao Re­porter

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment is ex­plor­ing po­ten­tials for “farm tourism” in Palawan as an ad­di­tional tourist at­trac­tion. Mari­bel Buñi, Pro­vin­cial Tourism Pro­mo­tions and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (PTPDO) said there are al­ready in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als who wants to ven­ture into farm tourism in the prov­ince. “‘ Yong posi­bil­i­dad na magka­roon tayo ng mga farm tourism sites ay malak­ing posi­bil­i­dad given that Palawan is ba­si­cally agri­cul­tural,” she said. Buñi said farm tourism is the new way of invit­ing tourists to ex­pe­ri­ence the com­mu­ni­ties and learn about the tra­di­tional way of life of res­i­dents. “Pwe­deng ‘yung farm mismo is an at­trac­tion at p’wede ring may ac­tiv­i­ties like ‘yong mga pick and pay, or pwede silang mag-of­fer ng food, ser­vices, and ameni­ties, as well as other re­sources to pro­mote cul­tural her­itage and tra­di­tion,” Buñi said. In ex­pe­ri­enc­ing farm tourism, she said, all the five senses are en­gaged that tourists will like. It will also help pro­vide ad­di­tion- al in­come to farm own­ers and the com­mu­ni­ties, she said. The PTPDO is now con­duct­ing an as­sess­ment and val­i­da­tion of po­ten­tial farm tourism sites in the prov­ince. “May mga na-iden­tify na tayo na Agri­cul­tural Train­ing In­sti­tute (ATI)-ac­cred­ited at Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (TESDA)-ac­cred­ited as learn­ing schools tapos ina-as­sess natin kung pwede silang ma-ac­credit as farm tourism. Pero hindi ibig sabi­hin na if you are not ATI or TESDA-ac­cred­ited hindi ka na pwe­deng mag­ing farm tourism site,” she said. Buñi said her of­fice is also pre­par­ing pro­grams to help farm­ers in case they de­cide to turn their farms into tourism sites. As the “World’s Best Is­land,” the prov­ince should em­brace the po­ten­tial of its agri­cul­tural in­dus­try that of­fer out­door ed­u­ca­tional and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for tourists, she pointed out. “Ang tourism natin should not only fo­cus on the beach para ma-di­ver­sify ‘yung prod­uct. Kasi ka­pag di­ver­si­fied ang [tourism] prod­ucts mo mas marami silang pupun­ta­han,” she said. Farm tourism is sup­ported by the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Repub­lic Act 10816 or the Farm Tourism De­vel­op­ment Act of 2016, Buñi said.

(Photo cour­tesy of the Pro­vin­cial In­for­ma­tion Of­fice)

The Palawan govern­ment is cur­rently ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of ven­tur­ing into “Farm Tourism” to pro­vide ad­di­tional liveli­hood to farm­ers and to at­tract tourists who pre­fer ex­pe­ri­enc­ing com­mu­nity life.

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