Ecotourism is the buzzword of today’s world travelers. And ecotourism is definitely Puerto Princesa City’s distinct advantage over the rest.
Puerto Princesa is very rich in both flora and fauna. Mangroves are found mostly in the outskirts of the city, and lush foliage can be seen in rainforests and mountains. Different species of fishes are abundant in the reefs surrounding the island. While a variety of bird species, both local and migratory, can be seen in some places.
Nature has thus chosen for Puerto Princesa the road to economic development. And coupled with such an auspicious reputation as the “Last Frontier” in this part of the globe that has already attracted the world’s travel planners to include it in the itinerary of trans-ocean luxury vessels, ecotourism is undoubtedly the key to the city’s sustainable development.
It is in this context that the city government have decided to request the conversion of the 1,072-hectare Industrial and Commercial Zone at Brgy. Sta. Lucia into an Environmental Estate. The Estate will be an eco-tourism park and environmental center of the Philippines. It will serve both as a catalyst for economic growth and a vehicle for preserving the environment. It will also become an institution in conservation and the world’s fountain of biological knowledge in the future.