What is Pasyar Developmental Tourism Program?
The Palawan NGO Network Incorporated-Palawan Access Center (PNNI-PAC) anchoring on its
geographical location in the province of Palawan, being a prime tourist
destination in the country- will be engaging in tourism endeavor but with a dent towards creating awareness on the
developmental efforts of many communities in Palawan. The Pasyar as a Developmental Tourism endeavor will
be PNNI’s core social enterprise strategy in partnership with the local communities.
PNNI have a special focus on Developmental tourism primarily because:
• Tourism is believed to be one of world’s biggest and mostly stable industries despite natural
and man-made threats.
• Developmental tourism is also know as sustainable tourism “ where tourism is meeting the
needs of today's tourist and host communities while protecting and enhancing the opportunity for the future. It involves management
of resources in such a way that economic, social and aesthetic needs are fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity and
protecting the environment.
• In recent years, there has been a growing segment of “tourists” that are demanding
for “alternative” forms of tourism.
• Developmental Tourism emphasizes the socio-environmental context and focuses on cultural exchange
• It is anchored on the concept of experiential education for the purpose of planting the seed for
positive change in an individual and collective level.
• Developmental tourists go to project sites and communities to experience the social, cultural,
economic and religious lives of the residents in an environment of mutual respect and understanding.
• Alternative forms of tourism are more appropriate for developing countries than traditional mainstream
tourism because they aim to capture the benefits of tourism without exploiting the people, culture and environment.
• It fosters positive development based on common interests by promoting the protection and preservation
of communities, environment and local economies.
• It can also potentially support a sustainable income source by promoting the traditional livelihood
activities of the communities (handicrafts and food processing) and create opportunities for learning new skills.