Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang wants to put up cruise tours that will cover six Philippine-controlled islands in Kalayaan (Spratly) Group of Islands in West Philippine Sea. According to him this will show the world how beautiful and exotic are Philippine-owned islands in Kalayaan.
“Hopefully, we will be able to put up a cruise ship going around the six islands,” Catapang said. Included in the six islands are Patag, Lawak, Pagasa Islands and Ayungin Shoal, while two other islands were not mentioned.
Philippines also controls Parola, Likas, Kota, and Panata Islands and Rizal Reef in Kalayaan Island Groups.
“It can be a public-private partnership if we are able to develop the area,” the AFP chief said. Catapang added that if implemented, tourism sector in Palawan will be boosted.
“I challenge them to make Palawan as the next most prosperous province, to showcase it. Palawan has a lot of potentials, especially if we can develop the islands that we now posses as tourism destination,” he said.