Monthly Archives: July 2015

3 new species of flowering plant Begonia discovered in Palawan

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Three new species of the perennial flowering plant Begonia were recently discovered by a group of botanists inside the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP).

These new species, namely Begonia taraw, hughesii, and tagbanua, belong to a clade (group of organisms with the same ancestor) endemic to Palawan and Borneo, according to a research published on July 24 on the Botanical Studies website (http://www.as-botanicalstudies.com/content/56/1/19). Continue reading

Two coral reef sites declared marine sanctuaries in Puerto Princesa

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Puerto Princesa (CNN Philippines) — As part of Puerto Princesa’s policy to protect and manage its coastal marine resources, two coral reef sites were recently declared this week as marine sanctuaries.

Adding to the 16 already identified marine sanctuaries in the city are Tangdol Reef in Barangay Bancao-Bancao and Tagkuti Reef in Barangay Simpokan. An ordinances declaring as such were ratified by the City Council in its regular session on Monday (July 27). Continue reading

Frontier appoints arbitrator on alleged breach of Palawan deal

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PETALING JAYA: The Philippines-based oil and gas group Frontier Oil Corp said the Singapore International Arbitration Council has appointed an arbitrator to manage the dispute process on alleged breach of US$20 million (RM76.20 million) drilling contract in north-west Palawan in the Philippines.

On April 10, UMW Oil & Gas Corp Bhd (UMW-OG), the oilfield and drilling services provider stated in its filing with Bursa Malaysia that the group has filed a lawsuit against Frontier, seeking compensation for the alleged breach of contract. Continue reading

Bahrain building 200+ houses, Internet cafe for Yolanda survivors in Palawan

8-9-09aSurvivors of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Palawan nearly two years ago will benefit from more than 200 houses being built by Bahrain.

The Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) is heading the $2-million project in the province, Gulf Daily News reported.

Aside from the 213 houses, the project includes a vocational training center for residents to learn new skills, the report said. Continue reading

EL NIDO RESORTS BAGS THE 2015 PATA GOLD AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

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(TRAVPR.COM) PHILIPPINESJuly 23rd, 2015 – El Nido Resorts recently won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award for the Environmental Education Programme category, a distinction it garnered by rallying its partners, the local community including schools and other groups to support its training programs on sustainability. Continue reading

Three new species of Begonia endemic to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan

image33Begonia is a mega-diverse genus of flowering plants prone to generating micro-endemic species, especially on limestone habitats. During fieldwork in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan (Philippines), three species were encountered which did not match any previously described from the region.

Results: Following morphological, anatomical, molecular phylogenetic and cytological investigation a hypothesis of three new species is supported. Continue reading

Towers may sprout unchecked: activists

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Justices of the supreme court heard this statement yesterday as they started listening to oral arguments against the construction of the controversial Torre de Manila high-rise building in Manila’s Malate district that heritage conservationists want demolished for allegedly ruining the view of the park named after national hero Jose Rizal. Continue reading

House to probe DMCI’s coal-fired power plant in Palawan

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MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers have called for a congressional inquiry into the controversial coal-fired power plant DM Consunji Holdings Inc. intends to build in Narra, Palawan.

In House Resolution 2164, Representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna, and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela questioned the decision of Palawan Council for Sustainable Development to grant a permit to DMCI to operate a 15-megawatt coal–fired power plant in the town allegedly without considering social acceptability, environmental, health and safety risks to Palawan’s communities and ecosystems. Continue reading

Bahrain builds 200 houses in aid for Haiyan survivors

housingBahrain is building more than 200 houses in a remote area of the Philippines for families whose lives were torn apart by a deadly typhoon almost two years ago.

The Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) is spearheading the $2 million initiative in the picturesque island province of Palawan, which was among several areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda as it was known in the Philippines, in November 2013, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication. Continue reading

Crew unplugs like a local in Philippines

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When I decided to travel to the Philippines, I knew I wanted to see the beauty of the island chain around Palawan. After researching a few blogs, I found Tao Expeditions. I didn’t need much convincing because it sounded fantastic but the company also got rave reviews.

We would start our trip in El Nido and take a boat for six days, five nights to the city of Coron. Continue reading

Amid territorial dispute, Aussie-Pinoy group to start drilling for oil in West Philippine Sea

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MANILA – An Australian-Filipino consortium is set drill a new deepwater exploratory well in the West Philippine Sea, hoping to unlock a commercially viable oil reservoir, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers’ Association (LPG-MA) said in a news release Sunday. Continue reading

PH-Aussie group to drill for oil west of Palawan

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An Australian-Filipino consortium will drill a new deep-water exploratory well in the West Philippine Sea, according to House deputy minority leader Rep. Arnel Ty.

Ty, of the LPGMA party-list, said he is supporting the oil exploration project, which is not in the part of the disputed area of the sea west of the Philippines. Continue reading

Tourist arrivals outnumber residents 7-to-1 in Palawan

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It looks as though Palawan should start catching up on its population growth.

Tourist arrivals in the province outnumber its residents 7-to-1. Recent data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed that the province acquired more than 900,000 visitor arrivals in 2014 while its population size was only more or less a million residents. Continue reading

$250-M fruit plantation to create 8,000 jobs in Palawan–Gov. Alvarez

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round 8,000 jobs will be created with the development of a fruit plantation project in Palawan, according to Palawan Gov. Jose Chaves Alvarez.

Alvarez told reporters in a recent news conference that Del Monte-Arabia is investing a $250 million to develop a banana and pineapple plantation in Palawan that would cover at least 6,000 hectares of land. Continue reading

Rescue saves rare Philippine turtles from ‘brink of extinction’

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Thousands of critically endangered turtles have been saved from possible extinction after being rescued from terrible conditions in the Philippines, conservationists said Wednesday.

More than 4,000 live freshwater turtles and 90 dead ones were found in a dry concrete pond in a remote warehouse on the western island of Palawan four weeks ago in one of the country’s biggest wildlife rescues. Continue reading

Fresh Del Monte invests US$250m in the Philippines

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Leading fruit and vegetable multinational Fresh Del Monte Fresh is planning to invest US$250m in developing a 6,000ha plantation in the Philippines’ Palawan province, according to local media reports.

Palawan governor Jose Chaves Alvares told Philstar that a memorandum of understanding between the Palawan government and Del Monte is expected to be signed before the end of July, with the planned 6,000ha plantation to create 8,000 jobs. Continue reading

Del Monte Arabia to invest P11.2B in Palawan

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DEL MONTE Arabia plans to invest $250 million or roughly P11.2 billion to set up a 6,000-hectare banana and pineapple plantation in Palawan, its provincial governor disclosed Tuesday.

In a briefing, Palawan Gov. Jose Chaves Alvarez said the company wanted to have the plantation up and running in two years, generating some 8,000 new jobs for the province. Continue reading

Palawan allocates P7.6B for infra, livelihood to support tourism boom

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The provincial government of Palawan has allocated P7.6 billion in critical infrastructure and livelihood opportunities over the medium term to support its booming tourism sector.

Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez said that Palawan as the country’s premier tourism destination needs P25 billion in investments over a 10-year period. Continue reading

Partners Nearer to Further Development of Galoc Oil Field Offshore Palawan

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Nido 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). Continue reading