TIEZA of­fice San Vi­cente to open more op­por­tu­ni­ties

Palawan News - - TOWNS - By Aira Ge­nesa Mag­dayao Re­porter

The open­ing of the Tourism En­ter­prise Zone (TEZ) of­fice and Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter (TIC) in Barangay New Agutaya, San Vi­cente, is seen to open more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the town. Mari­bel Buñi, Pro­vin­cial Tourism Of­fice (PTO) chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, said the two fa­cil­i­ties will con­nect the town to prop­erty builders, pri­vate en­ter­prises, and other stake­hold­ers who may want to open tourism in­vest­ments. The in­for­ma­tion cen­ter, she said, will pro­vide rel­e­vant facts about San Vi­cente to vis­i­tors who can pass them on through words of mouth. This will mean more vis­i­tors go­ing to the town to en­joy its pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment, Buñi said. The con­struc­tion of the two build­ings was funded by the Tourism In­fra­struc­ture and En­ter­prise Zone Author­ity (TIEZA) for San Vi­cente, its first “Flag­ship Tourism En­ter­prise Zone” (TEZ). The two of­fices were in­au­gu­rated on Oc­to­ber 28 co­in­cid­ing with the ar­rival of the in­au­gu­ral flight of the Philip­pine Air­lines (PAL) Ex­press from Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CIA), Pam­panga to the San Vi­cente Air­port (SVA). The mark­ers for the newly in­au­gu­rated build­ings were un­veiled, fol­lowed by the for­mal turn-over of the TIC to San Vi­cente. “This (San Vi­cente Flag­ship TEZ) will be the model of sus­tain­abil­ity and in­clu­sive­ness,” said TIEZA chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Po­cholo Para­gas, who led the in­au­gu­ra­tion and turn-over cer­e­mony. The con­struc­tion of the TEZ Of­fice and TIC be­gan in 2016. The TIC will be the first stop for tourists and vis­i­tors where vi­tal in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided for their stay in San Vi­cente, such as the ac­ces­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties, sta- tions, es­tab­lish­ments, and ac­tiv­i­ties within the Flag­ship TEZ. “Five years ago, it was very dif­fi­cult to get here. You had to take a pri­vate plane or fly to Puerto Princesa and drive for five hours,” said Atty. Joy Bu­laui­tan, TIEZA of­fi­cer-in-charge as­sis­tant chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nance. Bu­laui­tan was nos­tal­gic as she rem­i­nisced how “five years ago the San Vi­cente Flag­ship TEZ was just an idea and how the lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ments worked to­gether to im­ple­ment the vision.” The San Vi­cente Flag­ship TEZ, known for its 14.7-kilo­me­ter long un­bro­ken stretch of pris­tine beach, is the newest eco-town in the Philip­pines. It is en­vi­sioned to be an en­vi­ron­men­tally and so­cially sustainable tourist des­ti­na­tion that will be a cat­a­lyst for in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth through pub­lic and pri­vate partnership.

(From left) Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) Un­der­sec­re­tary Ar­turo Bon­cato, San Vi­cente Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tor James Paul Inawasan, and TIEZA Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Po­cholo Para­gas dur­ing the turn-over cer­e­mony of the Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter to the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of San Vi­cente. (Photo cour­tesy of TIEZA)

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