The Management of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is using bar-coded cards since this second quarter of 2019 for domestic and foreign tourists visiting the world’s longest underground river.
Park Superintendent Elizabeth A. Maclang said that their transactions are now done paperless with the introduction of bar-coded cards.
She explained that the new system expedited the process since the tourist will only present his card in visiting different tourism destinations in the city.
The card obtained from tour agencies contain the personal information of the tourist, date of his/her visit in PPSRNP. There is no need to pay on-site for any additional fees or charges since it is already included in the P150 environmental availment fee.
“Dahil dito hindi na pipila pa para sa pagbayad sa mga lügar tulad ng nasa Sabang at Honda Bay,” a statement from the city government read.
Most of the tourists like the bar-coded cards because it has a dual purpose. It can be used as bag tag or souvenir item since it also contains the name of the tour agency.
It has security features to avoid faking. Unlike the previous paper documents that can be forged or tampered.
In case of power interruptions, there are standby generators to ensure that scanning machines will still work and will not in any way affect the process.