The installation of modular floating docks in El Nido is a pioneering project of
the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) in El Nido, Palawan aimed at providing better and safer tourist experience.
“We want tourists to be safe wherever they go and this is the start.” TIEZA Chief
Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas said as he led the turn-over ceremonies of the
floating docks to the local government of El Nido on Wednesday (September 19).
A floating dock is a lightweight quay or jetty, floating on pontoons, that rises and
falls with the tide and shipping. Compared to stationary docks, floating docks are
much safer, long-lasting, and efficient to use.
Paragas noted that the growing number of tourists in El Nido, which reached to
nearly 200,000 tourists in 2017, makes it imperative for the government to devise
innovative projects to ensure safety and convenience to the island’s visitors
especially the young, elderly, and Persons-With-Disability (PWDs).
Known for its pristine beaches and crystal waters, El Nido is one of Palawan’s
frequently visited islands, with island hopping as the main activity of tourists.
The lack of proper facility in transporting island hoppers back and forth may
discourage tourists from visiting our islands.
“We plan to replicate the installation of modular floating docks in other island
destinations in other parts of the country,” Paragas assured the public. “Our task
is to ensure that their first “step” sets the tone of their trip. Island hopping
trips should be fun and safe all the time,” Paragas added.
TIEZA also funded the installation of floating docks in Honda Bay Wharf in Puerto
The TIEZA Chief explained to the officials of the local government of El Nido during the ceremonies that it is crucial to give tourists the best experience from the moment they step off the boat.
TIEZA, as a builder of tourism infrastructure, is focusing on projects of national
interest. These infrastructure projects are solely funded by 50% of the total travel
tax collection. Further, TIEZA remits the remaining 50% to the National Treasury,
40% of which goes to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and 10% to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).(TIEZA)