Newly-in­stalled ‘Float­ing Docks’ in El Nido Now Ready for Tourists

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The in­stal­la­tion of mod­u­lar float­ing docks in El Nido is a pioneer­ing project of the Tourism

In­fra­struc­ture and En­ter­prise Zone Author­ity (TIEZA) in El Nido, Palawan aimed at pro­vid­ing bet­ter and safer tourist ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We want tourists to be safe wher­ever they go and this is the start.” TIEZA Chief Oper­at­ing Of­fi­cer Po­cholo Para­gas said as he led the turn-over cer­e­monies of the float­ing docks to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of El Nido on Wednes­day (Sep­tem­ber 19).

A float­ing dock is a light­weight quay or jetty, float­ing on pon­toons, that rises and falls with the tide and ship­ping. Com­pared to sta­tion­ary docks, float­ing docks are much safer, long-last­ing, and ef­fi­cient to use.

Para­gas noted that the grow­ing num­ber of tourists in El Nido, which reached to nearly 200,000 tourists in 2017, makes it im­per­a­tive for the gov­ern­ment to de­vise in­no­va­tive projects to en­sure safety and con­ve­nience to the is­land’s vis­i­tors es­pe­cially the young, el­derly, and Per­sons with Dis­abil­ity (PWDs).

Known for its pris­tine beaches and crys­tal waters, El Nido is one of Palawan’s fre­quently vis­ited is­lands, with is­land hop­ping as the main ac­tiv­ity of tourists. The lack of proper fa­cil­ity in trans­port­ing is­land hop­pers back and forth may dis­cour­age tourists from vis­it­ing our is­lands.

“We plan to repli­cate the in­stal­la­tion of mod­u­lar float­ing docks in other is­land des­ti­na­tions in other parts of the coun­try,” Para­gas as­sured the pub­lic.

“Our task is to en­sure that their first “step” sets the tone of their trip. Is­land hop­ping trips should be fun and safe all the time,” Para­gas added.

TIEZA also funded the in­stal­la­tion of float­ing docks in Honda Bay Wharf in Puerto Princesa.

The TIEZA Chief ex­plained to the of­fi­cials of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of El Nido dur­ing the cer­e­monies that it is cru­cial to give tourists the best ex­pe­ri­ence from the mo­ment they step off the boat.

TIEZA, as builder of tourism in­fra­struc­ture, is fo­cus­ing on projects of na­tional in­ter­est. These in­fra­struc­ture projects are solely funded by 50% of the to­tal travel tax col­lec­tion. Fur­ther, TIEZA re­mits the re­main­ing 50% to the Na­tional Trea­sury, 40% of which goes to the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHED) and 10% to the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Cul­ture and the Arts (NCCA). (PR)

TIEZA Chief Oper­at­ing Of­fi­cer Po­cholo Para­gas with El Nido lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at the rib­bon-cut­ting and turn-over cer­e­monies of the newly-in­stalled mod­u­lar float­ing docks in El Nido, Palawan on Sep­tem­ber 19, 2018. (TIEZA Photo)

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