Palawan government officials and the Calauit Safari Park administration plan to resume operations at the safari park this month.
The park occupies a 3,700-hectare tract of land which serves as a game reserve housing translocated African mammals such as giraffes, zebras, impalas and Calamian deers, including the endemic local wild species in Busuanga, Palawan.
A consensus to reopen was met, following their visit to the site on Saturday, Feb. 20 to assess the park’s readiness to receive local visitors or tourists amid the pandemic.
Jeremias Alili, Palawan Emergency Operations Center (EOC) manager and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) chief, said that their visit would also provide assurance that the management of the safari park will implement the required minimum health protocols such as social distancing, wearing face masks and shields to prevent the spread of Covid19.
Alili said the tourism destination is now ready to reopen to local tourists, provided that the recommendations to observe health protocols will be strictly followed.
“We are expecting that if we reopen, local tourists, from Coron, will flock because they are excited to travel. So, there should be a system that will be managed to implement social distancing and the observation of the minimum health standards for everything to operate smoothly,” Alili said.
The management of the wildlife park and the municipal government should ensure that the number of local tourists allowed to visit will be limited, especially when boarding its lone tour vehicle, he added.