PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines—President Aquino on Monday inspected the construction work on the new international airport here, one of his administration’s main tourism-boosting infrastructure projects.
The facility, targeted for completion in 2017, aims to upgrade Palawan’s capacity to handle more tourists. Continue reading
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: Local officials are set to declare the province under a power crisis, citing lack of supply and the local power distributor’s limited capacity in handling heavy power loads.
Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron said the declaration will be made by the City Council through a resolution that would be submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE). Continue reading
PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines–Tokyo’s growing partner in the field of security appeared impressed by the equipment of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.
“We have radar, but they (MSDF) have advanced radar for search and rescue,” said Niccaben Ogoc, 37, a second petty officer of the Philippine Navy, during the countries’ first joint exercise using the MSDF’s P-3C patrol aircraft. Continue reading
On Friday, June 19, Philippine authorities raided a warehouse on the island of Palawan and confiscated more than 4,000 live, illegally harvested rare turtles, only days before they were to be shipped to foreign food and pet markets.
“It appears that a businessman, a Chinese national in the Philippines, had stored them in a warehouse in large cement tanks, piled a dozen deep, awaiting export to China,” Dr. Brian D. Horne told mongabay.com. Horne is the Wildlife Conservation Society’s coordinator for freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation. Continue reading
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd flies today to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, the province that is closest to the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. confirmed the planned visit during a radio interview on Sunday but stressed that it has nothing to do with the heightening tension between the Philippines and China. Continue reading
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez has asked President Aquino to reject a 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant planned to be put up in Palawan province by the Consunji group’s energy company DMCI Power Corp.
In an urgent memorandum to President Aquino dated June 25, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer from a source in the Department of Tourism (DOT), Jimenez warned Malacañang that the approval of the coal plant would imperil Palawan’s booming tourism sector. Continue reading
MANILA, Philippines – For showing determination in challenging China’s provocations in the West Philippine Sea, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. has been named “an adopted illustrious son of Palawan.”
In bestowing on Catapang the honors, the Palawan Provincial Council cited his personally leading a group of local and foreign media last month to Pag-Asa island – seat of the Kalayaan island town in Palawan – to brief them on the real situation and send a message to China that the Philippines is serious about asserting its sovereignty over its territory. Continue reading
A US Navy official confirmed a plan to deploy its warships for rotational patrols in Southeast Asia as it concluded naval training exercises with Philippine forces in Palawan waters.
The week-long Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2015) maritime exercises between US and Philippine naval forces saw the USS Forth Worth and Philippine warships BRP Ramon Alcaraz and BRP Gregorio del Pilar sailing in the Sulu Sea. Continue reading
A volunteer on Thursday, June 25, cleans up the perimeter of a local non-government organization’s compound, using confiscated chainsaws as fences in their campaign against illegal logging in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Since 2009, close to 500 chainsaws have been seized from tree-cutters who were caught illegally logging in the forest to convert the area for palm oil and rubber plantations as well as nickel mines, a Palawan NGO Network Inc. (PNNI) official said. Continue reading
It was American soldiers held captive by Japanese troops during the second world war who first dug through the thick, damp mud to build an airstrip on the Philippine island of Palawan.
Now, in 2015, two spy planes, one Japanese and one American, stand side by side on that same runway. Continue reading
PALAWAN, Philippines – Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla himself led an inspection Thursday of the Malampaya gas field facilities in Palawan.
He inspected the new platform, installed in February of 2015 with the goal of supplying natural gas to Luzon’s three biggest power plants. The second platform, however, was hobbled by serial breakdowns almost as soon as installation was completed, forcing restrictions on the volume of gas to be released in April, in turn causing supply to thin in the Luzon grid. Continue reading
The crew of a US Navy P3 Orion aircraft escort children on their tour of the maritime surveillance plane at an air base in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Tuesday, June 23. The Philippines is holding separate naval exercises with US and Japanese forces this week on an island not far from the disputed Spratly archipelago, where China’s rapid creation of seven-island outposts is stoking regional tensions. At left is a Japanese P3-C Orion surveillance plane. Reuters/Romeo Ranoco Continue reading
MANILA – (UPDATE2 – 4:05 p.m.) An activist lawmaker has sought an inquiry into Japanese military activity in the country, saying ongoing military exercises between the Philippines and Japan is not covered by a treaty and thus violates the Constitution. Continue reading
Philippine authorities have confiscated more than 4,000 critically endangered turtles hidden in a Palawan Island warehouse and believed headed for the black market in Hong Kong, a conservation organization said Tuesday. Continue reading
PALAWAN, Philippines – More than 600 American soldiers are in this southern province for “combat training and exercises” alongside Filipino soldiers. The two countries have stressed, however, that the exercises have nothing to do with the continuing spat over maritime territory in the West Philippine Sea. Continue reading
MANILA, Philippines – Cebu-based Waverly Pictures marks its initial foray in the local commercial film market via Waves, a romantic drama starring Baron Geisler, Polish model/actress Ilona Struzik, Pilar Pilapil and Pilar’s real-life brother, Leo Pilapil.
Making his directorial debut is Don Gerardo Frasco, a native of Liloan, Cebu who pursued his filmmaking and photography studies at the International Academy of Film and Television and the New York Film Academy. Continue reading
MANILA – The Philippine Navy will begin Monday separate naval drills with its two major allies, US and Japan, near the disputed West Philippine Sea.
Officials from the Philippine and US Navies are set to open the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) at the Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoni in Puerto Princesa City on Monday. Continue reading
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY— Authorities in Palawan confiscated on Thursday a shipment of 4,200 critically endangered forest turtles that are believed to be destined for the Chinese black market with an estimated value of around P18 million. Continue reading
This year’s Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises, which take place off Palawan’s waters, will formally open Monday afternoon with 600 American and Filipino military personnel slated to take part in the bilateral naval maneuvers.
CARAT 2015 public affairs chief Lt. Liezl Vidallon said the opening ceremonies will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Naval Station Apolinario Jalandoni in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Continue reading
The Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) naval exercise between the Philippines and the United States Navy will begin Monday (June 22) in east of Palawan amid the rising tension in the South China Sea.
The Carat 2015, a bilateral maritime exercise, will be conducted from June 18 to 30 in different areas of Palawan, according to Lt. Liezel Vidallon, Philippine Fleet public affairs officer. Continue reading
The government will be bidding out the development of three airports in Palawan separately from the five regional airports currently being auctioned off by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
This developed as the DOTC Prequalification, Bids and Awards Committee has decided to finally exclude Puerto Princesa Airport from the ongoing bidding of the development, operations and maintenance projects for Bacolod-Silay, Iloilo, Davao, Laguindingan and New Bohol airports. Continue reading
Puerto Princesa—Authorities seized more than 4,000 critically endangered Philippine forest turtles, locally known as bakoko or pond turtles, from a local resident in Barangay Rio Tuba in Bataraza town.
Endangered. Authorities have been vigilant in arresting turtle poachers in
Palawan. These sea turtles were recovered from Chinese fishermen off the
disputed Half Moon Shoal, 60 nautical miles west of Palawan, in May 2014. AFP Continue reading
Words: Rizza Benedicto
Newlyweds Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano are currently in Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Palawan, for their honeymoon.
Toni posted on her Instagram account (@celestinegonzaga) photos of herself and her husband in the island. Continue reading