DILG Secretary Robredo asks LGUs to vote for Puerto Princesa Underground River as World’s Seven Wonders

A March 9, 2011 press release by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

To ensure the entry of Palawan’s Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Wednesday called on all governors, city and municipal mayors, including barangay chairs in the country to promote the PPUR campaign in their respective localities.

In a memorandum circular, Robredo asked local chief executives (LCEs) to encourage their constituents to “Vote for PPUR”.

He said residents can vote through text messaging or SMS by typing Text PPUR and send it to 2861, or via internet by logging on to www.new7wonders.com.

“Our local officials should identify possible internet voting centers such as internet cafés, colleges, and universities, and set these up for general public access for the purpose of voting via e-mail,” said Robredo.

The DILG chief said LCEs, too, can support the PPUR campaign by using multi-media channels and materials; putting up at least two large billboards in high traffic areas within cities and municipalities; securing free local TV or radio plugs, as well as free space in a major local newspaper in each LGU.

Robredo said local governments can set up a local task force to serve as a coordinating body with the national government and the private sector support group to ensure that the PPUR wins in the search.

Robredo also lauded President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for extending his all-out support to the PPUR campaign.

He said that President Aquino has encouraged the estimated 80 million Filipino mobile phone-users to unite and support the project.

“The inclusion of PPUR in the list of candidates has made it world-renowned and is attracting international interest that is now benefiting the Philippine tourism industry,” Robredo said.

The PPUR was declared as one of the official entries in the search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature, a global polling campaign that “highlights and celebrates the beauty of the planet.”

The nationwide campaign for said search started on March 1, 2011 and will continue until the last day of voting on November 10 this year.