PPUR truly a wonder nature

COME Saturday, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan will be officially installed as one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature in an inaugural ceremony to be held at One Esplanade, SM Central Business Park in Bay Boulevard, Pasay City.

Extra-jubilant is Mayor Edward Hagedorn who sees a more vibrant tourism in the city and of course in the entire Philippines as well with the formal installation of PPUR by the Swiss-based organization called the New 7 Wonders of Nature Foundation headed by Dr. Bernard Weber. With no less than President Noynoy Aquino as guest of honor and speaker, the historic event is expected to be graced by members of the diplomatic community, key officials from the six countries that made it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature, national government and local government officials in the National Capital Region.

The inauguration, which is open to the public, is in recognition for the underground river, which was the country’s lone entry, having been chosen as one of the winners in last year’s global search. Highlights of the event, this writer was told, will be the unveiling of the N7WN marker and awarding of the same to the great city of Puerto Princesa.

Of course, such feat wouldn’t be made possible had it not been for the all-out support of the public and the member-agencies of the PPUR task force created by virtue of Proclamation 182, chaired by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, which was responsible of the effective underground river campaign.

Even before the formal installation, tourism in the entire city has greatly been enhanced by the inclusion of the underground river in the worldwide search.

Mayor Hagedorn says there were over 16,000 local and foreign tourists that visited Puerto Princesa few years back but it’s now a different story, it’s a whopping half a million tourists who scrambled to get a chance to see the wonders of PPUR and it
is increasing day by day.

Before, there were only two available flights to the city but now it has 22 flights daily something that has not been quickly anticipated by both the national and local authorities resulting in a mess over airport space. Though there was said to have plan for the development of a bigger and more modernized airport, Mayor Hagedorn appeals to the national government to come up with emergency measures to resolve the unseen dilemma with dispatch otherwise it may discourage more tourists.

Remember there are other six wonders of nature, namely, Brazil’s Amason Rainforest, Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Argentina’s Iguazu Falls, South Korea’s Jeju Island,

Indonesia’s Komodo Island and South Africa’s Table Mountain, these supposedly captive tourists can go elsewhere where they can find comfort while indulging on the nature’s beauty.

Also, a plan to introduce online booking, according to the mayor, can be an ideal one so as to minimize the impact as the city now just allows 900 persons to have a closer view of the PPUR daily.

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