PHILIPPINES: SM OPENS NEW MALL SM CITY PUERTO PRINCESA IN PALAWAN

With the opening of SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan on September 15, SM has further expanded its retail footprint nationwide.

Determined to bring its mark of providing an exciting retail experience to as many Filipinos, SM launched its anchor retail brands in Puerto Princesa, one of the country’s main tourist destinations and voted as one of the best islands in the world by travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

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West Philippine Sea: Joint development with China?

Image result for West Philippine Sea: Joint development with China?In a major sign of improved bilateral relations, not to mention our desperation to develop alternative sources of energy, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi recently announced a “win-win solution” in the West Philippine Sea.

Thus, the PNOC Exploration Corp, in partnership with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Jadestone Energy Inc. are set to develop Calamian project off the island of Palawan. China’s CNOOC is expected to hold a majority 51 percent share. Continue reading

Light comes to Amanpulo’s unknown neighbor

DIIT, AGUTAYA, Palawan —After being “in the dark” most of their lives, 120 households in the island of Diit, a barangay of Agutaya town northeast of Palawan province, began enjoying power from the sun last August, thanks to the free solar power systems provided by microfinance foundation ASA Philippines.

The project is expected to energize and develop the fishing community of 1,212 residents of the remote island, according to Kamrul H. Tarafder, president of ASA Philippines Foundation, which has been operating in the country since 2004. Continue reading

Luisia species

When one first sees the plant of a Luisia  species, particularly if unfamiliar with the multitude of growth habits of various orchid genera, it would be most reasonable to assume that you are looking at a bunch of dead, or dried-up, twigs, and even more so if the plant has no flowers. The first author (JC) still recalls seeing his first plants of Luisia cordatilabia in the mountains of Nueva Vizcaya. It took a very long time before he was convinced that these “twigs” were really an orchid.In fact, his guides eventually found a plant bearing seed capsules that settled the confusion for him, once and for all.

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Former Miss USA Nia Sanchez back in PH to explore Palawan

Image result for Former Miss USA Nia Sanchez back in PH to explore PalawanNia Sanchez, who represented the United States at the Miss Universe pageant in 2014, is back in the Philippines to explore more of the country’s tourist spots.

On Instagram, Sanchez revealed that she is currently in Port Barton in Palawan along with Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin and Australian models Renae Ayris, Natalie Jayne Roser, and Brooke Nash.

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Palawan CSOs see hope in Renewable Portfolio Standards

File photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – While Palawan civil society organizations (CSOs) consider the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) as long overdue, they say it gives them a glimmer of hope as it will compel the power distributor Palawan Electric Cooperative to finally tap the province’s rich renewable energy (RE) potential.

Cynthia Sumagaysay-Del Rosario, one of the lead conveners of the Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE), said the green groups have long been waiting for the Philippine RPS Rules for Off-grid Areas to be created and eventually implemented. Continue reading

Sandara ibinebenta ang Pinas sa mga kapwa Korean: Second home ko na ito!

DUMATING uli sa bansa si Sandara Park kasama ang kapatid na si Park Sang-Hyun (Thunder) para sa promo ng finale episode na One Night Food Trip International Edition na kinunan sa Pilipinas (Palawan).

Mapapanood ito sa TVN Asia sa Okt. 10, 11 p.m. at sa Dis. 5 naman dito sa Pilipinas. Ang One Night Food Trip International Edition ay isang foodie battlefield, makakalaban ng magkapatid na Sandara at Thunder ang TV hosts na sina Grace Lee at Sam YG. Continue reading

DENR to press for protection of migratory species

Image result for DENR to press for protection of migratory speciesThe Philippines is expected to push for major initiatives in an international wildlife conference in Manila this month that will protect migratory species in ecotourism sites.

“The Philippines, as an important host to a number of migratory species in its coastal, marine, wetland and forest ecosystems, will prove to the rest of the world that human development should not be at the cost of our natural resources and the ecosystem services that they provide,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu said.

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Palawan tightens watch against sea sponge trade

Image result for Palawan tightens watch against sea sponge tradePuerto Princesa City, Palawan – Environment authorities in Palawan are tightly monitoring the illegal collection and trading of multicellular parazoanorganisms, more commonly known as natural sea sponges, which are important sources of nutrients in the marine ecosystem.

Although there was no definitive study that says that the survival of the natural sea sponge was endangered, critical, or threatened, Jovic Fabello, spokesperson of the environment policy coordinating body Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), said Tuesday that its collection and trade should still be strictly monitored to prevent any potential damage to the aquatic ecosystems where they play important roles. Continue reading

Duterte signals end of negotiations with Left

Image result for Duterte signals end of negotiations with LeftPRESIDENT Duterte on Monday night signaled the end of negotiations with the Left after announcing to soldiers in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, to prepare for the next war the government will wage—the war against the New People’s Army (NPA).

In his sixth visit in war-torn Marawi City, the President told government troops to remain vigilant even as the fighting against Islamist extremists is reported to end within October. Continue reading

Solon urges Duterte to renew BIMP-EAGA travel tax waiver

Image result for Solon urges Duterte to renew BIMP-EAGA travel tax waiverA lawmaker is to revive an old policy that waives travel taxes for anyone passing through Mindanao and Palawan ports to arrive at destinations within a Southeast Asian subregional economic bloc.

Davao del Sur Representative Mercedes Cagas filed House Resolution 1270 on September 4, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to renew the travel tax exemption policy that covers passengers arriving from the said ports to any destination in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Continue reading

Chinese ships spotted anew near Pag-asa island, lawmaker says

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Tuesday said tension between Philippine and Chinese forces continues in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Alejano said he received information that Chinese ships were seen again in waters near the Philippines’ Pag-asa island and 3 nearby sandbars.

“The concern and tensions in Pag-asa island and its three sandbars are continuing up to now.

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BIMP-Eaga seeks more investment, trading relation with Chinese firms

Image result for BIMP-Eaga seeks more investment, trading relation with Chinese firmsA subregional grouping under the Asean has indicated to China’s economic leaders that it wanted to further expand relations since China became a recognized extended trading partner in 2009 of the subregional grouping.

The partnership between the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) was marked by China’s various technical assistance and learning exchanges when the partnership was formally forged through a Framework of Economic Cooperation in 2009. Continue reading

Palawan to spearhead formation of tourism cooperatives

Image result for Palawan to spearhead formation of tourism cooperativesPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The provincial government of Palawan is looking into the possibility of spearheading the formation of cooperatives to maximize expertise, skills and information in the development and marketing of the local tourism industry.

Victoria Ladica, cooperative development officer of the Provincial Cooperative Development Office (PCDO), said Tuesday there is currently no cooperative in Palawan that is directly related to tourism despite being one of two leading industries in the province. Continue reading

This Boutique Hotel In Palawan Is Now 100% Solar-Powered

746725_15071410310032240800.jpg“Qi Palawan” is now the first full-service, air conditioned resort in the Philippines to provide 24 hours power using only solar power

Sustainability has always been at the core of Qi Palawan’s ethos.  The resort was designed with fuel efficiency and sustainability in mind using bamboo, a fast-growing tree that does not require pesticides, and 100% local materials and labor.

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DoE endorses joint oil exploration with China

Image result for DoE endorses joint oil exploration with ChinaThe Energy Department endorsed for Malacañang’s approval the farm-in agreement between state-run PNOC Exploration Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over a petroleum-rich area northwest off Palawan province.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi told reporters at the sidelines of the Asean Energy Business Forum 2017 that amid the strengthening ties with China, the department endorsed the agreement covering service contract 57 for the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading

Ayala eco-tourism estate says no issues with El Nido over access to public beach

PUBLIC BEACH. A view of the beach in Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro The management of Ayala-owned Lio Tourism Estate says residents of Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido still have access to the public beach in front of its newly-opened resort

PUBLIC BEACH. A view of the beach in Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

PALAWAN, Philippines – The management of Ayala-owned Lio Tourism Estate says residents of Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido still have access to the public beach in front of its newly-opened resort, dismissing accusations that the people have lost access to it.

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LOOK: Sandara Park flies to Palawan with brother Thunder

K-pop star and former 2NE1 member Sandara Park recently returned to the Philippines with his brother Thunder, former member of boy group MBLAQ.

She announced the visit through an Instagram post, which showed herself and Thunder sitting inside a plane. Sandara wrote on the caption, “Came back to Manila with Thunder after 10yrs mabuhay!!!” Continue reading

239 Palawan farmers complete ‘Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan’ program

FILE: They are composed of traditional farmers, members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps), and college students from 29 barangays in Puerto Princesa, as well as from the municipalities of Aborlan and Roxas. (PNA photo)PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — After six months of training at the Palawan Agricultural Experiment Station (PAES), 239 program beneficiaries graduated as part of the 139th Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Rural Farmers’ Training Program held at SM City Puerto Princesa Event Center recently.

Russell Fernandez, public relations officer of the newly-opened SM City Puerto Princesa, on Saturday said the farmers graduated on September 22.

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DENR seeks AFP, PNP help to enhance security protocol against illegal loggers

ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot from Rappler  Denouncing recent attacks by suspected illegal loggers against forest-protection officers, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu bared plans to strengthen the agency’s community environment and natural resources offices with the help of the military and the police forces.

“We will ask the military and police to train our foresters in security protocol and proper way of carrying firearms.  We are also studying if we can arm them while patrolling or when they are out to conduct arrest to protect and defend themselves if necessary,” Cimatu said in a statement. Continue reading

Cimatu honors slain forest warrior

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu (DENR / MANILA BULLETIN)Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Friday visited the wake of slain barangay captain Ruben Arzaga in El Nido, Palawan, honoring him as a “Bayani ng Kalikasan.”

“I salute Ruben, because he sacrificed his life to protect the environment. Because of his courageous act, we should honor him as ‘Bayani ng Kalikasan’,” Cimatu said in Filipino. Continue reading

Coast Guard, IMO beef up drive to preserve, protect Tubbataha Reefs

Image result for Coast Guard, IMO beef up drive to preserve, protect Tubbataha ReefsPuerto Princesa City, Palawan– The PhillpineCoast Guard (PCG) barred all ships with a gross tonnage of 150 and up from sailing in the vicinity of the 4,470-square kilometer area-to-be-avoided (ATBA) in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) to avoid the risk of accidental groundings.

The order was likewise issued after the area was declared as particularly sensitive sea area (PSSA) in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ship Routing 2017 edition,” Commodore Joselito dela Cruz, commander of PCG – Palawan said. Continue reading