As the Philippine government eases its rules on COVID-19, business operations are now in full capacity under Alert Level I. The tourism industry is also slowly rebounding from the slump as more travelers are now back on the road.

To remind tourists of their responsibilities towards nature and the environment, the Department of Tourism urges everyone to champion sustainable tourism in the Philippines. 

It's okay to start exploring the country, but practice sustainability!

DOT's Philippine Travel website also launches the "Save our Spots" campaign. It's a series of reminders on how to become a sustainable traveler while having fun, what to bring and what to avoid. For instance: bring tumbler to refill water instead of buying bottled water, as plastics are polluting our environment.

El Nido, Palawan. iStockphoto

Mechanics how to join and win tickets for two To El Nido

The Department of Tourism launches the "Keep  The Fun Going" challenge to promote the "Save our Spots" campaign. This challenge encourages everyone to champion sustainable tourism and win a free trip to El Nido, Palawan for two!

This challenge motivates everyone to choose outdoor adventures and activities that help minimize our carbon footprints. Here's what Carbon Footprints mean. 

For example, hiking, camping, walking on a beach, and biking (instead of riding a car). Activities that minimize the use of fossil fuels, electricity, and other carbon emitters. 

Group biking at Camp John Hay in Baguio. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Here's how to join:

  1. Take a photo of yourself walking, hiking, or biking while you're exploring the place. It could be a snap while trekking a mountain, walking along the beach, or taking a road trip on your bicycle. 
  2. Post your photo on social media - Facebook, Tiktok, Twitter, Instagram. Write a brief description of your photo.
  3. Include the #keepthefungoing and #challengedone hashtags in your post.
  4. Tag the Department of Tourism on any social media platforms of your choice. Facebook: DOT - Philippines; Instagram: @tourism_phl; Twitter: @TourismPHL; Tiktok: tourism Philippines.
  5. Tag three of your friends in the post
  6. Set your post in "public" so that DOT can access your post. If you're uploading your photo on instagram, switch your profile into "public".
Learn more about the "Keep the fun Going" campaign of DOT at Philippines Travel 

El Nido, Palawan Travel Requirements for 2022

As of June 7, 2022, Palawan is under Alert Level 2 classification which means businesses are at 50% capacity 

Travel requirements to enter El Nido, Palawan:
  • For domestic tourists who are fully vaccinated: Proof of vaccination/Vaccination card
  • For domestic tourists who are not fully vaccinated: Negative RT-PCR Test taken 48 hours prior to arrival in El Nido, Palawan.
  • For foreign tourists, present your One Health Pass. You can obtain it HERE
  • Valid ID
  • Round Trip tickets
  • Confirmed booking from any El Nido DOT Accredited accommodations. 
  • Approved S-Pass. Apply for a Travel Pass HERE

Outdoor Pursuits We Can Take To Promote Sustainability:

1. Coastal Clean-up while on a beach trip. We can actually do coastal clean-up in our own way while on a beach holiday. Set an hour to explore the beach area and help pick up trash. 

2. Biking - Another outdoor pursuit we can do to promote sustainability and wellness. Biking does good for both our health and the environment. It has no carbon dioxide emissions. This is the most sustainable mode of transportation. 

3. Camping - Just a relaxing way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and unwind somewhere, far from the chaos of the world.

4. Forest-Bathing - It simply means immersing ourselves in a "wilderness" setting. The act of spending time in the forest or in a state park surrounded by lush greenery.

Forest bathing

Forest-bathing is a natural way to relax, absorb the pure tranquility of nature, and be healed from mental and physical exhaustion. Read my separate post about Forest-Bathing HERE