Monthly Archives: August 2015

Hagedorn seeks recount of Palawan recall polls

edward-hagedorn-20150826-1_585EEC97C4C74924901E2F76ED5CA30CMANILA, Philippines – Former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn appeared before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila on Wednesday, August 26, to protest the results of the recall elections held 3 months ago in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Hagedorn said he wants a recount of the recall elections in May where his former ally, Lucilo Bayron, won as mayor by more than 5,000 votes. Continue reading

Palawan rejects offer to settle row on gas share


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—The national government has expressed willingness to settle a case pending at Supreme Court over Palawan’s demand for a share of royalty from the Malampaya natural gas project, offering to give to the province 10 percent of the total Malampaya royalty.

The position was expressed in a brief submitted recently by Philippine National Oil Co.-Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) to the high court, which is set to rule on Palawan’s petition for recognition of jurisdiction over the Camago Malampaya gas deposits off the province’s northern region in the West Philippine Sea. Continue reading

Palawan, Subic bases eyed for new fighter jets


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is eyeing the construction of military facilities in Subic and Palawan as it awaits the arrival of 12 lead-in fighter trainer jets acquired from South Korea.

Documents obtained by The STAR showed that the government is spending P135.99 million for the basing support system for the 12 FA-50 jets. Continue reading

Stone fish killed tourist in Coron, Palawan?


MANILA — A 25-year-old man died after he allegedly stepped on a poisonous sea creature, possibly a stone fish, while on vacation in Coron, Palawan last Friday.

The victim, Miguel Ruiz, was on vacation with his boyfriend, Travis Millard, in Palawan last week when the incident occurred.

Millard, 24, said he and Ruiz booked a guided tour of the island, where they were supposed to visit several destinations. Continue reading

Palawan benefits from DOST’s flood hazard mapping project

DOST_Palawan_CNNPHThe topographic maps will be used in flood modeling of disaster-risk prone areas in Palawan, said Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, program leader of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) DREAM program.

Puerto Princesa (CNN Philippines) — Palawan is one of the many provinces that benefited from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) flood hazard mapping project. Continue reading

Australia’s Otto Energy abandons PH Hawkeye-1 well


MANILA – Australia-listed Otto Energy Ltd. said on Monday it would plug and abandon a deep-water exploratory well in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), which did not reveal commercial oil and gas volumes.

While the drilling of Hawkeye-1 well in the Philippines’ Palawan Basin has proven the existence of hydrocarbons in the area, the size was “at the very low end of expectations and is not economic to develop,” Otto said in a statement. Continue reading

Saving the last ecological frontier


Part of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment’s (FPE) first Sarihay Award for journalists were out-of-town trips to FPE project sites. Four of us chose to go to Palawan, the others went to Surigao del Sur and Negros Occidental. If you’re a journalist, you know you would be on a working trip, and you hope to stumble upon some surprises on the rugged terrain or at the end of the road. Continue reading

Otto spuds in troubled waters


Field operator, Otto Energy, drilled the Hawkeye-1 deepwater well in the Palawan basin located in the west of Philippines, near the disputed South China Sea.

After the installation of the conductor at 1906m, the Hawkeye-1 exploration well was drilled and cased to 2449m, informed joint venture partner, Red Emperor Resources.

Red Emperor said, installation and testing of the blowout preventer (BOP) has also been completed, along with the 17 1⁄2in hole to 2664m. Current operations involve the setting of 13 5⁄8in casing in anticipation for drilling the 12 1⁄8in hole to the primary target reservoir. Continue reading

No. 3 nickel miner plumps up for year-round output

shutterstock-mining-cartGLOBAL Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. — the Philippines’ third largest nickel producer — has acquired a mine in Palawan under a $50-million deal, allowing it to produce output all year round, a company official said on Friday.

Dante R. Bravo, newly elected president of Global Ferronickel, announced the miner’s acquisition of Southern Palawan Nickel Ventures, Inc. (SPNVI), which in turn owns at least 90% of Ipilan Nickel Corp. — operator of a mine site in municipality of Brooke’s Point. Continue reading

Taking the boat to Sabah for treatment

boattreatment6Kudat: The health clinic in Pulau Banggi is providing health care not only to residents but also foreigners who come from as far as Pulau Mangsi, an island in the Philippines.

As one approaches the island via ferry from Kudat, the first structure which catches the eye is the white concrete building of the health clinic which many may mistake for a hospital due to its size. Continue reading

Palawan resort promotes environmental conservation


MANILA, Philippines – A hotel resort in Palawan has committed itself to upholding environmental conservation and awareness by endorsing the island’s natural beauty and wonders as it gears to become the premier ecotourism destination in the world.

Asia Grand View Hotel (AGVH), located in scenic Coron, Palawan has a mission to bring tourists to Palawan where they can enjoy the exceptional beauty of the island province. Continue reading

Remote Lands and Amanresorts’ Private Jet Asia Sells Well


Luxury and adventure make for strange bedfellows, but the recent success of Remote Lands to sell out a tour, and quickly, that cost almost $60,000 per person, proves that the combination sells, and well. The epic journey that Remote Lands and Amanresorts have fashioned using private jets across Asia will depart on its second journey next March after its first departure this fall sold out swiftly. Continue reading

LOOK: Threatened wildlife species rescued in Palawan


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – A number of threatened wildlife species were rescued Thursday evening by the Palawan Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force in Barangay Sagpangan, Aborlan, Palawan.

At about 6:00 p.m., joint elements of Bantay Palawan and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Enforcement Team conducted an operation, which resulted to the rescue of five heads of blue napped parrots, five heads of talking myna and one porcupine. Continue reading

Magabo heads marketing of The Discovery Leisure Company’s two exclusive resorts


The Discovery Leisure Company has appointed Charley Magabo as its new director of sales and marketing for its two resorts, the award-winning Discovery Shores Boracay and the exclusive Club Paradise in Dimakya Island, Coron, Palawan.

Magabo (top) previously spent a decade with a leading international chain, and his expertise “stems from his extensive experience in marketing luxury resorts, and cultivating MICE business from major feeder markets”, the Filipino hospitality group says. Continue reading