Monthly Archives: November 2016

Philippine Home of Pangolin and Indigenous Tribe Wins Protection

1An island wildlife paradise that is home to a tribe of hunter-gatherers, the most trafficked mammal in the world gained new protections today.

Today it was announced that 101,766 acres of forestland on the island of Palawan in the Philippines will be protected, helping to save the most trafficked mammal in the world — the pangolin — as well as the last 200–300 members of the indigenous Batak tribe. Continue reading

Infra spending, tourism to drive rapid PHL growth, Diokno says

1“We intend for P8.2 to P9 trillion (to be spent in) the next six years. That’s approximately $200 billion,” said Mr. Diokno in a news conference yesterday, referring to public infrastructure spending.

Some P861 billion will be allocated for infrastructure spending next year, according to the budget for 2017 that has been submitted to Congress, and will be presented in a bicameral meeting today, according to Mr. Diokno. Continue reading

A brewhouse on an island: How two women are shaping the craft beer culture of Palawan

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Along Manalo street in Puerto Princesa sits a small brewhouse claiming to be the first in the ultra-tropical island of Palawan. It’s an unexpected watering hole in a paradise best known for gorgeous beaches and secluded coves, but hey, people always find their way to good beer… even if it’s a boat or plane ride away.  Continue reading

Coron Soleil Garden Resort: The Sun Jewel of Palawan

2Coron in Palawan lies like a jewel in the midst of the sea. Fresh and vibrant, this first-class municipality in the eastern part of Busuanga is said to be the Island Hopping Capital of the Philippines, as it connects travelers to other islands in the area. With each island being different from the other, a visit to each one is an adventure by itself. Enticed by such a promise of exploration and discovery, travelers set off for Coron. But working out their itinerary by themselves can be time consuming and run counter to the purpose of their visit. Continue reading

Coffee table Tubbataha a chronicle of world heritage

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MANILA, Philippines – It is no secret that the Philippines is host to one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park within the Sulu Sea. Such a natural gem made it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Indeed, it is one of the most important marine ecosystems on the planet, providing not just beauty and biological diversity, but food and sustenance.  Continue reading

With support of China’s Xi, Duterte to ban fishing in disputed lagoon

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MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to all fishermen, a move his office said was supported by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Duterte will make a unilateral declaration barring fishermen from exploiting marine life at a tranquil lagoon that was central to years of bitter squabbling, and the basis of an arbitration case brought and won by the Philippines. Continue reading

China won’t say if it backs Philippine fishing ban

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BEIJING – China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday declined to say if it supported an executive order by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to fishermen.

The dispute over the Scarborough Shoal is one of several involving South East Asian countries seeking to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Since 2012, China has deployed its coastguard to block the shoal from Filipinos, despite its location within the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone of the Philippines. Continue reading

Cleopatra’s Needle in Palawan declared critical habitat

untitled-1Cleopatra’s Needle Forest Reserve (CNFR), one of the oldest and most diverse forests in the country, now has additional protection

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Cleopatra’s Needle Forest Reserve (CNFR), one of the oldest and most diverse forests in the country and home to countless endemic species, has gotten additional protection following its declaration as a critical habitat. Continue reading

PH Air Force grounds 6 Sokol choppers after Palawan crash

chopperThe choppers, acquired for P2.8 billion from Poland during the Arroyo administration, have always been controversial

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said it has grounded its remaining 6 Sokol choppers as it continued its investigation on the cause of the crash in Palawan last week. “Lahat ng Sokol ngayon grounded (All the Sokols have been grounded),” PAF spokesperson Colonel Antonio Francisco told reporters on Tuesday, November 15. Continue reading

New PH–US military exercise to start Wednesday

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The Philippine Army will engage the United States Special Operations Forces in their annual, one-month joint and combined training exercise in Palawan starting Wednesday, November 16.

Col. Benjamin Hao, Army spokesman, said the Philippines–United States Balance Piston 16-4 training exercise focuses on enhancing the war fighting capabilities and interoperability of the Philippine Army’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the U.S. Special Operations Forces. Continue reading

Palawan’s Underground River celebrates ‘New7Wonders of Nature’ declaration

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PUERTO PRICESA CITY — The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) kicked off a bunch of events and activities on Friday to celebrate the third year since it was declared as a “New7Wonders of Nature.”

PPSRNP, also known as the Puerto Princesa Underground River, was declared as part of the “New7Wonders of Nature” on Nov. 11, 2011 and has since intensified conservation efforts as it welcomes more tourists. Continue reading

New coffeetable book highlights Palawan’s Tubbataha Reefs

tubbataha_03MANILA — Palawan’s precious coral reefs — the Tubbataha Reefs — became the subject of a new coffeetable book expected to set the Philippines as a model for conservation and a diving hub of choice.

his, after the Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the coffeetable book on the sidelines of one of the world’s leading global travel and trade show, the World Travel Market (WTM) in London earlier this week. Continue reading

Palawan hosts ASEAN chief justices’ meeting

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PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – The Philippines is hosting the sixth Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting of chief magistrates in Puerto Princesa in Palawan from November 10 to 14.

The three-day ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment is meant to strengthen the ties, cooperation and coordination of among the judiciaries of ASEAN member nations. Continue reading

Air Force probes helicopter’s emergency landing in Palawan

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THE Air Force is investigating the “emergency landing” of a Sokol W-3A multipurpose helicopter on Tuesday in Palawan, which military officials initially said was due to mechanical failure.

Col. Antonio Francisco, Air Force spokesman, said the incident is undergoing investigation as a standard operating procedure, adding that he could not comment until the probe is concluded. Continue reading