TACLOBAN CITY – The Kalanggaman Island located in the town of Palompon and is considered as the Leyte’s top tourist destination, has earned more than P22 million last year, a report from the Department of Tourism regional office 8 (DOT-8) based here.
Karen Tiopes, DOT-8 regional director, told Leyte Samar Daily Express in an interview that based on the report from the municipal government of Palompon, the total revenue of Kalanggaman Island has exceeded its target of P21 million as the total income reached P22.189 million generated from tourist receipts last year.
Tiopes reported that the total number of tourist who visited the island last year reached 113,556 composed of 104,203 domestic tourists while the 9,353 were foreign tourists.
Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, in another interview, said that the Kalanggaman Island, which is maintained and operated by the local government unit of Palompon, has been attracting droves of local and foreign tourists, an indication that it has fully recovered from the devastation due to super typhoon ‘Yolanda.’
The six-hectare Kalanggaman Island is just about an hour boat ride from Palompon town proper and is considered as one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines.
The island features powdery white sand beach surrounded by clear blue water with a long stretch of sandbar with its fine white sand attracts tourists.