Yearly Archives: 2014

Small hydropower developer seals deal for second facility in Palawan

interphoto_1387772876MANILA – A company that aims to build 50 megawatts (MW) of small hydropower projects in the Philippines is putting up a second facility in the southern province of Palawan.

In a statement, Langogan Power Corp (LPC) said it signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for a 7-MW hydro facility along the BatangBatang River in the town of Narra. Signing in behalf of the local government unit (LGU) and LPC were Mayor Lucy Demaala and company executive Mike Wootton, respectively. Continue reading

Palawan going great guns due to multisectoral cooperation

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Palaweños have reason to be proud because their province has been dubbed the “most beautiful island in the world” in a recent US magazine article that focused on the island’s sheer perfection as a travel destination.

Being a Palaweño, we are doubly proud because Palawan has achieved an 80-percent increase in foreign tourists and visitors. Employment rate in our province has also increased by 163,000 since 2005. Continue reading

Palm Oil Company in Philippine Islands To Expand

aceh_0853_news.mongabay.com_Plans to convert eight million hectares of land for palm oil production on Palawan island in the Philippines have been met with opposition from environmental and social advocacy groups, with a petition to cease development sent to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights by an anti-palm oil expansion group. But an industry representative denies claims that all eight million hectares will be cultivated to the detriment of wildlife and human communities, maintaining palm oil expansion will be beneficial to the people of Palawan. Continue reading

With new fiberglass boats, fishermen no longer fear the sea

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“MY FATHER has always been a Pescador, our term for fishermen,” says Cocoy Garcia, a 38-year old fisherman, as we strolled around his stilt village in Culion, Northern Palawan. “I was nine when he first took me out. We caught baskets of squid that first night, lured in by the glow of our Petromax lamp.” Continue reading

Seven foot crocodile stranded in Zamboanga after Typhoon Hagupit

crocodileManila: A seven foot (1.89 metre) long saltwater crocodile that was swept away and trapped in a mangrove wall of the Sulu Sea when Typhoon Hagupit entered central Philippines last week was stranded in Zamboanga City with authorities failing to transport it to a government-run crocodile conservation centre in Palawan, southwestern Philippines as scheduled on Friday, a senior official said.

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Palawan, a place of interest for me

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I AM so happy to hear that Palawan was proclaimed “The Most Beautiful Island in the World” by an International Body conducting a census of all the Islands in the World. My former school where I taught gives the faculty a yearly free gift of a recreational, educational tour to different spots in the Philippines. Every year, I had the chance to see the beautiful spots in our country courtesy of my school. This time, I had so many activities which I experienced for the first time. Continue reading

Cruise to Palawan for Muslims on Feb 8

SuperStar_Aquarius_2011-09-20KOTA KINABALU: MatthewPaul Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd on Saturday announced that the sea cruise to Palawan for Muslims by Superstar Aquarius will be postponed to Feb 8 next year.

“The trip was supposed to be on Dec 28 but we have decided to postpone it to next year instead because we thought it would be best to give more time to our Muslim customers to come forward and sign up for the trip,” said its Chairman Matthew Chin. Continue reading

Frolicking in Palawan with the MU-X

2014_nov28_motor1The lush greenery and scenic mountain ranges provide the perfect backdrop for the Isuzu MU-X.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Isuzu Philippines Corporation. It was in 2009 when Isuzu, together with select members of the motoring media came to the beautiful island of Palawan to launch an upgraded version of IPC top selling variant, the Sportivo AUV. Continue reading

Gov’t plans terminals for cruise liners

CST_to_Quay-borderThe government plans to privatize major ports in Mindanao and to develop terminals for international cruise liners in eight different tourism destinations across the country, according to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Part of PPA’s plans after marking its 40th founding anniversary last Friday is to privatize the operation and maintenance of the ports of Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. Continue reading

SM holds groundbreaking for Puerto Princesa mall

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Palawan Vice Gov. Victorino Socrates and Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, recently led the groundbreaking ceremony of SM City Puerto Princesa together with SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia and SM Prime Holdings Vice President for Vismin Marissa Fernan, Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, Barangay Captain Margil Avanceña, SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing Joaquin Agustin and SM VP for Operations for Vizmin Joy Veloso.

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SC orders recall polls in Puerto Princesa

recall-petition-election-carousel-20140914A MOVE to unseat Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron has gained steam after the Supreme Court (SC) allowed the conduct of recall elections there.

Voting 12-0, the SC ruled in favor of former Puerto Princesa information officer Alroben Goh’s petition that accused the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of grave abuse of discretion for suspending the polls due to lack of funds. Continue reading

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