The P1.5-billion cruise ship port facility project in Puerto Princesa, Palawan will soon put the province in the popular list of international cruise destinations, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The DPWH said the 500-meter cruise ship port project consists of seven phases and includes the construction of wharf, docking facility, passenger terminal and access road.
Wilfredo Mallari, DPWH region 4B director, said once completed, the cruise port facility can accommodate up to 10,000 passengers.
Upon completion, the Puerto Princesa City Cruise Port is expected to bolster tourism growth in the island of Palawan, offering more jobs and opportunities to the local residents.
Puerto Princesa City is home to the Subterranean River National Park popularly known as Underground River which was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and voted as a New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012.
The westernmost city in the Philippines is also the gateway to other popular tourist destinations in El Nido, San Vicente and Taytay Republic of the Philippines.