Some have also relocated to downtown Puerto Princessa and have started businesses there.
I heard that at it’s peak there were as many as 1500 people living in this camp which was set up as a temporary center while they were seeking permanent resettlement elsewhere.
So we dropped by VIET VILLE before heading to Sabang where the Underground river is.
The first thing you will notice when you enter Viet Ville is the Church on the right side. I was surprised that while the church has a little touch of Vietnamese architecture, it's interestingly more Christian. SO these Vietnamese immigrants were Christians to start with or were just converted during their stay? I just hope they were not forcefully converted you know.
Our very short side trip on VietVille definitely left so many questions in my mind unanswered so I tried to google more information about it. There is this interesting story that I found online which brought back feeling I had during our short stay there. While this Vietnamese village in Puerto Princesa seemingly looks like a ghost town now, it is a testament of the sacrifices, sufferings and resilience of the Vietnamese people for survival and fight for a decent and free life. That earns them a very big respect from my heart.
Full tour summary here : http://www.pusangkalye.net/2011/06/airphil-express-puerto-prinsesa-happy.html
AirPhil Express flies twice daily to Puerto Prinsesa Palawan.