If you have plans to travel south this long weekend, and your itinerary happens to include Ternate in Cavite, then be aware that the local government is now collecting a P20 ecological fee from cyclists, riders, and motorists passing through the municipality.
Tourism fee for weekend visitors
Many tourists were caught off-guard by the fee collection as no announcements had been made prior to its initial implementation on February 6 and 7. The ecological fee will be collected only on weekends, which is when the town sees an increased volume of cyclists, riders, and motorists because of visitors flocking to Kaybiang Tunnel, located along the Nasugbu-Ternate Highway in the municipality of Maragondon.
In a Philippine Information Agency report, Ternate officials justified the collection of the fee, saying it is in accordance with Municipal Ordinance 5-2014, or the Ternate Tourism Ecological Fee Ordinance.
“This is the way we can meet the needs of the local government to provide for the cleaning of garbage left by riders and tourists on the road or in Kaybiang Tunnel, and to be used for the mobility of police for peace and order, rescue by MDRRMO in times of accidents within the vicinity,” said Bryan Novejas, who is part of Ternate mayor Lamberto Bambao’s staff. “Saan naman kami kukuha ng funding—we are only a fourth-class municipality.”
Where will the fees be used?
The collected fees will also be used as “a source of revenue to finance the implementation of environmental and tourism plans and projects, and to provide the necessary amenities and services...that [go] to peace and order, beautification, livelihood, health assistance.”
Meanwhile, municipal treasurer Brendalyn Olano assured that residents of Nasugbu will be exempted from paying the ecological fee upon providing proof of residency.