February 1, 2023

Developing urban parks and open spa-ces is one of the Phi-lippines’ priorities in diversifying its tourism portfolio for post-pandemic travel.
During the first Philippine Parks Congress, Tourism Sec. Christina Frasco expressed hope to see more parks in and outside Metro Manila – “world-class” ones Filipinos and visiting foreigners could enjoy.
“Parks are important because it allows us and our families to commune with nature, to spend quality time with each other, and to remind us that despite how busy life may get, we must always take time to relax, unwind, and spend time to be in touch with nature,” she said.
Frasco said continuous efforts are underway to guide local government units in developing their respective parks.
“This can only mean that parks as a component of our culture will only continue to increase in the years ahead. Let us continue to work together and strengthen our resolve to provide the Filipinos with world-class parks,” she added.
At Rizal and Paco parks alone, she said visitors had already reached three million from January to November, up from the 1.5 million recorded from the same period in 2021. – PNA