Palawan gets tourism enterprise zone

long-beach-san-vicente-palawanSan Vicente in Palawan has become the Philippines’ first Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) holding the ceremonial groundbreaking there.

TEZ that falls under the country’s National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) is a joint initiative of the DOT and TIEZA. Its aim is seek out potential sites and develop them into sustainable tourism destinations as part of the Philippine National Tourism Development Plan.

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Bill Gates and wife visit Palawan

bill-and-melinda-gates(CNN Philippines) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates was in Palawan for three days this week to have a vacation and check out an investment opportunity, eyewitnesses told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Eyewitnesses at the Puerto Princesa City Airport said they saw Gates arrive onboard a Global Express private plane on Monday (April 6) with wife, Melinda Gates, and two of their three children.

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Lime producer opens $24-M Palawan plant

lime-products-1502194Unichamp Group, the leading producer of industrial lime products in the Asia-Pacific region, will officially open its very first fully integrated modern lime manufacturing facility in Palawan on Wednesday.

Unichamp Executive Chairman Daniel Lim told reporters that the $24 million facility will produce high quality lime milk to meet the specifications and demand from the hydrometallurgical processing plant of Coral Bay Nickel Corp. (CBNC), a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co.

Lim did not give details about the full operating capacity of the facility, but stressed that its local subsidiary, Unichamp Mineral Philippines Inc., could provide CBNC “hundreds of thousands” of metric tons of lime milk annually.

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2 M passengers a year seen with new Palawan airport


President Aquino inspects the Puerto Princesa Airport development project yesterday. With him are Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez, Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin and other local officials.



MANILA, Philippines – Tourist arrivals in Palawan are expected to increase with the newly renovated Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan, an official said yesterday.

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Nido Petroleum to drill new wells off Palawan

AUSTRALIAN firm Nido Petroleum Ltd.’s bid to drill new wells in the Galoc oil field off Palawan has gained traction following encouraging results from an independent oil industry consultant, the company said yesterday.

201507142d375Nido — which holds a 55.88% interest in Service Contract 14C1 that covers the oil field — announced in a disclosure yesterday that Gaffney Cline and Associates completed the assessment of the mid-Galoc area.

“I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the assessment,” Nido’s Executive Chairman William Bloking said in a disclosure to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“The independent assessment of the mid-Galoc area represents a significant step-forward in the further development of the Galoc oil field,” Mr. Bloking said.

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New ferry service augurs well for Sabah, Palawan

archipelago-about-1Kota Kinabalu: A memorandum sealed between Sabah’s Total Megalink Sdn Bhd and the Philippines’ Archipelago Philippine Ferry Corporation early July is holding out the potential of millions of ringgit in revenue for both firms.

According to Total Megalink’s Group Chief Executive Datuk Fredie Sua (pic), the Palawan-Kudat ferry service due operational in early 2016 will have constant supplies of petroleum products, construction materials and agriculture fertilisers as cargo from Kudat to Palawan.

This, he said, was part of the agreement both firms sealed to spur a two-way trade between both Malaysian and the Philippines.

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Partners Nearer to Further Development of Galoc Oil Field Offshore Palawan

otto-energy-flows-oil-at-galoc-5h-philippines-1024x623-2Nido Petroleum Ltd. (Nido or the Company) provided Tuesday the results of an independent contingent resources assessment of the mid-Galoc area of the Galoc oil field in Service Contract (SC) 14, located offshore Palawan, Philippines as at June 30, undertaken by Gaffney Cline and Associates (GCA).

Details of Mid-Galoc Contingent Resources Assessment

GCA has completed its Independent Reserves and Resources assessment on the mid-Galoc area of the Galoc oil field in accordance with the SPE/WPC/AAPG/SPEE Petroleum Resource System (SPE PRMS) Definitions and Guidelines and the ASX Listing Rules including Listing Rules 5.25 to 5.44 where applicable.
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Fortune Life pushes growth prospects in Palawan


FORTUNE Life Insurance Co. is aggressively pushing its growth and expansion plans in Palawan through the inauguration and blessing of its new branch building  at Lot 9, Fernandez Street, Barangay Tanglaw, Puerto Princesa City, on October 9.

The inaugural program includes a Thanksgiving Mass, ribbon cutting and blessing of Fortune Life branch building. It will be followed by a motorcade around Puerto Princesa City and reception will be at the Citystate Asturias Hotel. Continue reading

A trip down one of the world’s newly-recognised natural wonders


I am just about to bite into a worm, an extremely long worm. As a child I had occasionally thought of eating a dirt-encrusted juicy one from the garden but had thought better of it.

But this time there is no escape. I have actually ordered it from the worm vendor who has set up his stall outside the restaurant where I am having a fine buffet lunch after returning from a trip down one of the the New 7 Wonders of Nature and a refreshing driftwood worm seems to be in order. Continue reading

Multisectoral Group boosts Palawan Climate Resilience


Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), the social development arm of Shell companies in the Philippines, recently signed a memorandum of agreement with Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) for the expansion of the latter’s automated weather station (AWS) network in Palawan. The move aims to intensify the province’s resilience to climate-related risks such as extreme weather events. Continue reading

Indonesia seen as big winner in BIMP-EAGA

201509226ad52GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The balance of trade between the Philippines and Indonesia is heavily tilted in favor of the latter under the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) economic cooperation, based on data from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). Continue reading

Colton Haynes (aka Roy Harper of Arrow) misses chance to visit Palawan in the Philippines


Colton Haynes, the star of cable series Arrow, revealed that he was planning to visit Palawan in the Philippines.

He disclosed this during his public panel with Filipino fans last September 20 at the 2015 Asia Pop Comic Convention.

The 27-year-old actor/model elicited screams from the ladies at the World Trade Center, Pasay City as soon as he entered the stage. Continue reading

HOTELS OF THE WEEK: Destinations for the remaining long weekends of 2015

Casa-Vallejo-Baguio-City-640x480, one of Asia’s leadingHOTEL BOOKING SITES and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has come up with a list of destinations that are perfect for filling up the year’s remaining long weekends.

It makes sense that travelers would want to take advantage of the remaining long weekends before finally saying goodbye to 2015. If you plan it well and score affordable plane tickets, you can relax over three full days. Because of this, many Filipinos are more willing to be adventurous and check out new places since there’s actually more travel time. With that in mind, has put together a list of favorite and up-and-coming Philippine destinations with a couple ofHOTEL recommendations that will definitely make your vacations. Continue reading

US, PH Marines set sea drill off Palawan

interphoto_1335351868US and Philippine Marine forces will be conducting joint naval war exercises starting Monday off the coast of Palawan near the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

At least 650 US Marines and sailors of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB), the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) based in Okinawa, Japan, and 740 officers and enlisted personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be participating in the 31st iteration of the Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex) 2016 from September 21 to October 9. Continue reading

Souveraines: Stunning photographs capture what societies run by women look like


Societies where women are either dominant or have entirely equal status with men have been documented by important contemporary photographer, Pierre de Vallombreuse, who is known for his work with indigenous peoples.

De Vallombreuse visited four remote South-East Asian cultures where women play a central and decisive role in governance. Continue reading

COA orders Palawan gov’t to return P35M excess bonuses


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Audit has ordered the provincial government of Palawan to return P35.338 million in unauthorized cash bonuses paid to local government officials and employees in 2013.

In the COA audit report released September, state auditors said the province violated a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) circular when it released performance enhancement incentives (PEI) worth P40,000 to all officials and regular employees of the province. Continue reading