Fil –Am doctors on surgical mission in Aborlan, Palawan

 

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in Aborlan town.

The medical mission would be from Jan. 22 to 24, Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said on Saturday.

It will be led by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) in cooperation with Governor Jose Alvarez, 3rd District Rep. Gil Acosta, 3rd District Board Member Albert Rama, and the municipal government of Aborlan.

Acosta said the NTAPP was composed of 44 Filipino physicians who arrived Sunday to bring free medical and minor surgical services to indigent residents of Aborlan.

The physicians will perform various surgeries such as circumcision, harelip repair, breast-lumpectomy, biopsy, simple mastectomy, herniorrhaphy, hysterectomy-myomectomy, oophorectomy, appendectomy, colon resection with end to end anastomosis, amputation for gangrene, thyroidectomy, lysis adhesions, colostomy, cesarean section and tubal ligation.

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Palaweños back declaration of ‘revolutionary government’

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan—Around 5,000 members and supporters of the Palawan for President Rodrigo Duterte Movement came together here early Thursday afternoon in a grand rally to back the declaration of a “revolutionary government.”

The mass assembly started with a motorcade of nearly 100 vehicles at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, in Barangay San Pedro, to the People’s Amphitheater in Mendoza Park, 2.7 kilometers to the center of the city. Continue reading

Rebranding our paradise: Puerto Princesa

ppcPINK. Red and white make up its characteristics: passion and energy, peace and purity. The mixture gives a color commonly associated with romance. Albeit also associated with femininity, it has a deeper meaning: love, caring and understanding humanity.

Pink also makes one an intuitive person. Pink also connotes conforming to social norms is less of a concern to someone.

Pink is also Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The pink color of the exuberantly beautiful Palawan balayong tree flower, commonly referred to as the Palawan Cherry Blossom, is now the symbol of Puerto Princesa. The balayong tree will bloom all year round, accentuating another city symbol that has graced its seal for many years, the regal Pheasant Peacock, locally known as tandikan. Continue reading

Sabah’s tourism set for boost with Kudat-Palawan ferry service

Sabah Tourism Board chairman Joniston Bangkuai is optimistic the route will thrive because it is supported by the existing trade between the island and Kudat.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s tourism industry is set for a big boost with the launching of the roll-on roll-off ferry service between Kudat and Palawan in the Philippines next month, says Joniston Bangkuai.
The Sabah Tourism Board chairman told FMT that Palawan Island is well-known for its thriving tourism industry and the connectivity will especially be welcomed in northern Sabah.
“However, tourists landing in Kudat might also include the rest of Sabah in their travel itinerary,” he said.
Currently, he said, Kudat is already a tourist destination in its own right with ample accommodation, and tourist and transportation services. Continue reading

DOH to further train Palawan health inspectors

STRESSING that the promotion of public health and protection of the community and the environment is vital in order to prevent another onset of gastrointestinal outbreak, such as diarrhea, cholera and gastroenteritis, the  Department of Health (DOH) in is set to undergo the Training on Community-Led Total Sanitation for sanitary inspectors of Palawan.

Mimaropa is composed of the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. Continue reading

BOI approves P8-M cashew project in Palawan

THE Board of Investments recently approved the application of R-Ley Trading based in Roxas, Palawan as an expanding export producer of roasted cashew nuts.

R-Ley Trading, a small to medium enterprise (SME) participant, qualified under the Export Activities category of the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).

The P7.87-million expansion project involves the acquisition of a decorticating machine, shelling machine, sorting machine, and peeling and packing machines from Vietnam. The expansion will also allow the enterprise to process roasted whole cashew nuts. Continue reading

Proposal to divide Palawan into 3 provinces reaches Congress

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The approved resolution to divide Palawan into three provinces has been transmitted to the House of Representatives, according to 3rd Palawan District Rep. Gil Acosta Sr.

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez and Vice Governor Dennis Socrates personally handed the measure to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in Congress and to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel on January 16.

Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan accompanied the governor and vice governor, Acosta said in an interview with local media on Thursday. Continue reading

Palawan waters among world’s bluest

MANILA, Philippines — Palawan was named among 13 places to see the bluest water in the world by international travel magazine Travel+Leisure.

“The sparsely-populated archipelago is made up of jungle-filled islands surrounded by stunning teal waters teeming with fish and coral reefs and an incredible array of lagoons, coves and secret beaches,” Travel+Leisure said.

Travel+Leisure cited El Nido and Linapacan as places people should visit when they are in Palawan. Continue reading

China brings solar power to Antique, Palawan

MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese government is providing 3,000 units of solar-powered LED street light and home solar power system in the provinces of Antique and Palawan as part of efforts to help the country combat climate change.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and vice chair of the National Development and Reform Commission of China Zhang Young inked a memorandum of understanding for the grant of solar energy devices to Antique and El Nido in Palawan. Continue reading

PH, Singapore Inaugurate Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Project in Palawan

MANILA, Dec. 2 — The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the leadership of Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, and the Singapore government, represented by Singapore’s Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng, today inaugurated the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) in the municipality of Bataraza in the southernmost tip of Palawan.

The ADS-B project– a state-of-the-art surveillance technology that aims to make flights safer and air traffic management more efficient– is a collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Continue reading

Health caravan conducts 121 surgeries in Mimaropa

FILE: Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA (Photo: DOH MIMAROPA/ Facebook)The Department of Health’s (DOH) office in the Mimaropa region had provided a total of 121 surgical operations – 51 major and 70 minor — since its caravan, “ToDOH Alaga, May TSekAP Na, May Operasyon Pa!”, began at the Dr. Damian Reyes Provincial Hospital in Boac, Marinduque last July 13, its chief reported.

“Now that we have proven that we can provide free surgical operations and addressed the health needs at no cost to our indigent patients, we will sustain this project until all people requiring various kinds of surgery in the region will be provided for and taken care of,” DOH-Mimaropa regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo, said during recognition rites held at the Century Park Hotel Monday.

Mimaropa covers Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. Continue reading

Palawan fisherman rescued in Sipalay; 1 still missing

Image result for Palawan fisherman rescued in SipalayA FISHERMAN from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, who was reported missing since last week was rescued Monday, October 23, in the waters of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. His companion has remained missing. Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Vingno, chief of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Bacolod, said 65-year-old Orlando Warizal was at sea for almost a week. He was found by fisherman Roger Buhay sitting on a half submerged fishing boat around 11 a.m. on October 23. Warizal was brought to the Sipalay City Hall through the assistance of Sipalay City Emergency and Assistance Services. Continue reading

BOI approves grant of perks to 2 agri-processing expansion projects

Image result for BOI approves grant of perks to 2 agri-processing expansion projectsThe Board of Investments (BOI) has approved two agri-processing and production projects with a combined worth of P86 million.

In a statement on Tuesday, the government’s main investment-promotion agency announced that the expansion of 557 Feather Meal Corp.’s  poultry-dressing facility and R-LEY Trading’s roasted cashew-nuts factory have qualified for government incentives.

Feather Meal Corp.’s project qualified under the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan’s agriculture, fishery and forestry category, while R-LEY’s investment was approved under the list of eligible export activities. Continue reading

Ayala coop backs rice farming

Image result for Ayala coop backs rice farmingAyala Multipurpose Cooperative, Palawan ARC Cooperative Federation of Narra, Palawan and Ten Knots Development Corp. recently signed a tripartite agreement in support of the Agriculture’s Department’s Corporate Rice Farming Program.

The department said it was the second time the Ayala cooperative signed an agreement supporting an agriculture project. The first was with a local farmer’s cooperative in Iloilo.

“The coop is pleased that starting from a small seed in Iloilo we are now moving towards a bigger group, a bigger engagement, and partnership with the Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

Claimants of Palawan land in Marcos loot case to get separate trial

SEPARATE TRIAL. The Sandiganbayan orders a separate trial for a claim made on a Palawan property being pursued by the government in a Marcos loot case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan ordered a separate trial for the claim of Philippine Agri-Business Center Corporation (PABC) over two parcels of land in Busuanga, Palawan that are covered by a civil case regarding the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family and their cronies.

The Sandiganbayan 5th Division will hold separate hearings on PABC’s claims over two parcels of land in an 887.76-hectare property being pursued by the government. These are part of Civil Case No. 0024, one of the cases handled by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to sequester assets from the Marcoses. Continue reading

PHL Tourism: Looking At Brighter Side

Are you a tourism ambassador or heckler? Come join the growing number of citizens pushing the Philippine tourism bandwagon to the world. We are all in it together and when we really want something done, something happens—change.

The latest change we heard this week was a breath of fresh air. After almost six years of being named one of the “worst airports” in the world, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) has finally lost its unpalatable tag.

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Kudat: Road to development

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Teo Chee Kang is taking his inspiration from China when it comes to pushing for development.

Citing the Asian giant’s philosophy that for any place to develop, good roads have to be built to and from it, the Tanjong Kapor assemblyman said the roads and other infrastructure in Kudat had to be improved to boost economic growth there.

Among the initiatives proposed by Teo, who is also Sabah special tasks minister, was a coastal highway that would reduce by half the three-hour travelling time between Kudat and here. Continue reading

Microgrids can connect Palawan to main system

Image result for Microgrids can connect Palawan to main systemINSTALLING microgrids in Palawan can connect the northernmost part of the province to the main grid, according to a legislator.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in a chance interview that state-run National Power Corp. (Napocor)’s plan to energize about 200 households for P3 billion “opens up the idea to the microgrid.”

Gatchalian, who heads the Senate energy committee, explained that when they deliberated on Napocor’s fiscal budget, the proposal was not viable since it would only involve small municipalities. Continue reading

Bea Alonzo spends 30th birthday in Palawan with Gerald Anderson

Rumored couple Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson were spotted again vacationing together, this time in Palawan, as part of the actress’ 30th birthday celebrations last Oct. 17.

In recent Instagram posts of fan page, @bearald_rock, photos and videos of their beach escapade were shared with the public.

In one photo, the two are holding hands as they walk through a pedestrians’ boulevard jutting out into the sea.

A simple birthday cake for Alonzo was also posted. Continue reading

Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top list of best islands outside US

Image result for Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top list of best islands outside USBoracay, Cebu and Palawan have topped a travel magazine’s 2017 list of 30 best islands in the world outside of the United States.

Conde Nast Traveler (CNT), a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine based in New York, released the list on  Tuesday, following a survey conducted among more than 300,000 readers.

The three Philippine islands ranked higher than other world-famous islands such as Mykonos, Greece; Bali, Indonesia; Bermuda; St. Barts; Ibiza, Spain;  Capri, Italy; and Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Continue reading

Geologists’ tales of Mt Kinabalu

Image result for Geologists' tales of Mt KinabaluKota Kinabalu: The rock of Mt Kinabalu originated in the Philippines.

Peter Negrido, President and CEO of Philippines Rescue and Reconnaissance team, said he couldn’t figure out how that could happen.

But the late American geologist, Dale Brunotte, who died in March 2016 in Michigan, said that’s the geological fact of the case.

He said it all started with a cataclysmic geological event 15 million years ago when a micro plate sub-ducted (down going another plate) to 100km deep. Continue reading

BFAR working to modernize,boost PH shellfish industry

SEA BOUNTIES – Giant oysters and mussels from the waters of Taytay, Palawan are harvested by a Bureau of Fisheries and Aqautic Resources (BFAR) worker. The agency is initiating moves to modernize the country’s shellfish industry. (Jojo Rinoza)SEA BOUNTIES – Giant oysters and mussels from the waters of Taytay, Palawan are harvested by a Bureau of Fisheries and Aqautic Resources (BFAR) worker. The agency is initiating moves to modernize the country’s shellfish industry. (Jojo Rinoza)

Dagupan City, Pangasinan – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is working on the modernization of the shellfish industry, BFAR-National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center chief Dr. Westly Rosario said. Continue reading

“Best Island in the World” adds a spectacular race to the GSS!

Crystal clear water in amazing shades of blue, secret beaches with powder white sand, hidden lagoons surrounded by lush limestone cliffs and snorkeling sites teeming with tropical fish and other marine life, these are just some of the reasons why Palawan has been named the “Best Island in the World” by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast for two years in a row. The Swimjunkie Challenge El Nido offers you the choice of a 4km or 8km swim in the turquoise waters of El Nido assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard and over 150 volunteers to ensure that you have an incredible and safe race experience.  Continue reading

Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top world’s best islands list in 2017

Image result for Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top world’s best islands list in 2017Boracay once again topped the list of the best islands in the world by the readers of an international travel magazine, and directly behind it are the Cebu and Visayan Islands and Palawan, also popular tourist spots.

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards survey for the year revealed the small island off Panay Island, known for its white-sand beach and “thriving nightlife scene,” won the fancy of most of the more than 300,000 readers who sent in their votes. Continue reading