I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that I always make it a point to bring students to the Underground River National Park every year. My main objective is to give the younger generations a sense of pride about the natural resources in Palawan. In addition to that, it serves as a breather for people like me who handle different jobs in a day.
Last school year, I brought a class of environmental students to get the perceptions of tourists on the services being provided in Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan. It serves as the wharf or portal to the Underground River National Park. I prepared a short questionnaire that the students used in the interview with the tourists.
The questionnaire is divided into three parts: demographic information, features of the park and Sitio Sabang that prompted them to visit the place, and the environmental services that they expect to get from the area. The results showed that most of the tourists have an impression about the quality of the environment in Palawan such as quiet, fresh air, beautiful beaches, and “green”. Most of the tourists were first timers and they were happy about the place.
There are recommendations on the hand that would make their experiences to be more enjoyable and one of these is an automated teller machine (ATM). They said it would be more convenient for them if there is an ATM in Sitio Sabang. Most of the tourists that day bought pearl jewelries and some of them wished to buy more if there was only an ATM they can use.
The short study revealed a lot about the perceptions of the tourists and I would try to publish them one at a time in the next few days.