BOLINAO, Pangasinan — The municipal government of this town will collect PHP40 environmental and registration fee from tourists who will visit the tourism spots here starting February this year.
“The PHP25 will be for the environmental fee and the PHP15 will be for registration fee. This will be a one-time payment valid for four days,” municipal tourism officer Mary de Guzman said in a phone interview Monday.
She said the fee applies to all tourist or individuals going to the tourist spots as per Municipal Ordinance No. 2017-04.
Collection posts, she added, will be set up in the different tourist spots, such in Patar Beach and Bolinao Falls.
The town recorded a total of 532,142 tourist arrivals in 2019, but de Guzman said the municipal government did not have direct income from them because they were not collecting environmental and registration fees then.
“Unlike in other tourism areas, tourists who visited our town’s tourist spots were not asked to pay fees to the municipal government. Nonetheless, they contributed to the income of business establishments in our area, as well as to the employment of our residents,” she said.
The most visited place here is the white sand beach in Barangay Patar and the three falls, she said. These are Bolinao falls 1, 2 and 3.
The other tourist attractions in the town are the Silaqui Giant Clam Nursery; Dewey Sandbars; St. James Great Parish, one of the oldest Catholic churches in the country; Cape Bolinao Lighthouse; Balingasay River, among others.