Monthly Archives: August 2017

Brontispa longissima no longer a threat to Palawan coco industry

Image result for Brontispa longissima no longer a threat to Palawan coco industryBrontispa longissima, the two-colored leaf beetle that feeds on young leaves of seedlings and mature coconut palms, has been fully-controlled in Palawan.

Raul Aguilar of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) here said once a serious problem of coconuts in the province, the leaf beetle, has already been subdued through biological pest control (BPC) using black earwig. Continue reading

What to do in the Jewel of the Philippines: Palawan

Constantly rated as one of the best islands in the world, Palawan, in the South West of the Philippines, has it all. Beaches, snorkeling, island hopping, scuba diving, hiking, and amazing local and international food.

Most people start in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, which is a great spot to head off to the rest of the island. With plenty of daily flights, it makes for an easier and cheaper place to fly into then El Nido or Coron. A lot of people come here to jump on a live aboard boat for diving trips to the UNESCO world heritage site of Tubbataha Reefs National Park.  Continue reading

SM Prime eyes 10 new malls in 2018, says exec

Image result for sm puerto princesaHENRY Sy-led property developer SM Prime Holdings, Inc. is planning to add 10 new malls across the country in 2018, exceeding its existing annual target of five to six malls.

“Every year, we’re opening five to six [new malls]although I think next year it would be more because they’re opening smaller malls next year,” Cora Guidote, SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) senior vice president for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, told reporters on the sidelines of a forum organized by the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (EJAP) on Friday. Continue reading

Inside Culion, the Philippines’ “Island of No Return”

What used to be the gate that separates lepers from the healthy now welcomes visitors to Culion. All photos by Jessica BartolomeCULION, Palawan – A tall gate stands firm a few steps away from the port of Culion Island in Palawan, welcoming visitors to Barangay Libis.

Hermie “Pastor” Villanueva, a 47-year-old tour guide, stood under the gate. “Leproso,” he said, gesturing to one side of the gate. “Sano,” he added, indicating the other side.

More than a century ago, the gate served as a boundary between two worlds — that of the “leproso” (leper) and that of the “sano” (clean). It warned that you’re about to enter a leper zone. Continue reading

Bloodless war on crimes

Image result for drug operation in mimaropaThe “One Time, Big Time” operations against illegal drugs and other crimes can be carried out without spilling blood.

Policemen in the provinces of Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (Mimaropa) showed the way when they conducted the so-called “One Time, Big Time” operations Friday and arrested 233 drug personalities, including a policeman, without bloodshed. Continue reading

Limestones, moody waters, and a dash of history at the Calamian Islands

Kayangan Lake.CORON, Palawan — The chilly water was a welcome respite from the heat, coming up to our hips as we disembarked from our boat to the turquoise sea below.

We were on Taraw Beach, our first stop after arriving in Coron. The tour has barely started and we were already drenched.

Taraw Beach boasts of white sands and clear waters on the edges of a towering piece of rock you have to crane your neck to see. Continue reading

Palawan to boost rice production by opening loans to farmers

Image result for Palawan to boost rice productionsA measure that seeks to grant fertilizer loans to farmers in Palawan has been approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to boost the province’s rice productivity.

Resolution No. 13296 was approved to establish the Productivity Rice Reform Development (PRRD) project under the Livelihood Component of I-HELP (Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood and Protection of the Environment). Continue reading

Philippine environmental activists hail cancellation of undersea park in Palawan

Image result for undersea park in PalawanEnvironmental activists and netizens have hailed the cancellation of an undersea attraction and resort project that Nickelodeon plans to build on Palawan, an island province dubbed as “the last ecological frontier” in the Philippines.

In January, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Nickelodeon) unveiled its plan to build a 400-hectare park on Coron, Palawan. Continue reading

Geeks on a Beach 2017 opens in Palawan

Image result for geeks on the beach palawanSome 400 participants from government and the private sector, including successful technology entrepreneurs from Southeast Asia and Silicon Valley, gathered in Puerto Princesa, Palawan for Geeks on a Beach 2017, which started today.

For two days, participants will get to listen to valuable insights from big names in the startup and technology community. There will be keynotes, panels, and discussions with separate breakout tracks in between. Continue reading

DENR vows to curb illegal-wildlife trade

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will strictly monitor wildlife shipments entering or leaving the country’s airports and seaports as part of an intensified campaign against poaching and wildlife trafficking.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu recently issued a memorandum directing all regional directors of the DENR to beef up surveillance at ports of entry in order to curb wildlife trafficking. Continue reading

Dora no Explorer: Nickelodeon axes Palawan resort plan after outcry

coron palawamAmerican children’s television network Nickelodeon said Wednesday it had abandoned plans for a themed resort on an island known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier following a backlash from environmentalists.

Nickelodeon said in January that it would build an “undersea attraction and resort” on Palawan island that would let fans “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love,” including SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. Continue reading

Massive highway planned for Philippines’ Palawan Island

Chinese flag planted in island off West PH Sea: Alejano

Image result for Chinese flag planted in island off West PH SeaA Chinese flag was discovered planted on a sand cay located 7 nautical miles northeast off Kota Island, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano claimed on Tuesday.

“It was discovered around third week of July 2017. A Chinese vessel allegedly erected the said 3-meter high Chinese flag on a sand cay which is known to be within a Philippine-controlled area,” Alejano told a press conference. Continue reading

Govt bares goal to revive oil and gas exploration

Image result for oil and gas explorationThe Energy Department listed short-term targets,  including the lifting of moratorium on West Philippine Sea exploration, to revive the country’s  oil and gas sector which is now on a standstill amid low prices and industry challenges.

The department said in a budget presentation to Congress that these targets included assessing and reviewing reserves, lifting the moratorium on service contracts affected by the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea and monitoring and supervising work programs of contractors. Continue reading

Marines hold outreach program for Palawan IPs

Image result for ips palawan with marinesGovernment troops in southern Palawan on Sunday brought humanitarian aid to tribal communities affected by military operations against the New People’s Army (NPA).

Captain Wanel Ansa, environment management and civil military officer of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 (MBLT-4), said Monday that the “All-in-One Outreach Program” benefited more than 400 Pala’wan indigenous peoples (IPs) in Sitio Kamantian, Barangay Samariñana, Brooke’s Point, southern Palawan. Continue reading

Bryde’s whale washed ashore in El Nido, Palawan

A Bryde’s whale was found beached on the shores of Sitio Gitan, Sibaltan in El Nido, Palawan on Sunday.

The whale was 13 meters long and bore wounds.

Local authorities said they tried to coax the whale to go back to sea but it eventually died.

Residents flocked to the beach and marveled at the huge whale.

They said it was the first time a Bryde’s whale washed ashore here.

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Lawmakers want to declare Pag-asa island cluster as special ecological tourism zone

A aerial photo of the Philippine-claimed Pag-asa Island, also known as Thitu Island. (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)Lawmakers want to declare the Pag-asa Island and its adjoining islands of Parola, Kota and Panata in the municipality of Kalayaan, province of Palawan as an ecotourism destination and protected area.

Palawan Representatives Franz Alvarez, Frederick Abueg and Gil P. Acosta Sr. said the Pag-asa Island Cluster should be declared as a special ecological tourism zone to promote and develop it as a tourist destination for domestic and international tourists. Continue reading

Solon wants Palawan 3rd District declared as ‘mining-free zone’

Image result for Palawan 3rd District A bill filed in the Lower House is seeking the immediate declaration of the Third Palawan District as a “mining-free zone” to protect and preserve its natural environment.

House Bill No. 5597, which was filed by Palawan Rep. Gil Acosta last May 9, seeks the proclamation of the province’s third district as a mining-free zone to avert threats of forest destruction and prevent causing siltation on major water sources. Continue reading

DTI ‘Mentor ME’ program to support more small firms in Palawan

The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) second round of “Kapatid Mentor ME” (KMME) program aims to support more small business owners here in partnership with the Office of the 3rd Palawan District and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo (PCE-GN).

Jointly launched here on Friday, the Kapatid Mentor Micro Entrepreneurs (ME) or KMME program welcomed in the event 150 micro- and small-enterprises (MSEs) from the 3rd Palawan District represented in the Lower House by Rep. Gil Acosta, and two other districts of the province . Continue reading

DOH to feed 100 undernourished children in MIMAROPA

DOH-MIMAROPA staff and parents of preschoolers from various municipalities of Sta Cruz, Marinduque during the opening of the "Opla Kain Sigla" feeding program on August 7, 2017. (DOH-MIMAROPA / MANILA BULLETIN)Some 100 undernourished children in every province in MIMAROPA (Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) would be fed by the Department of Health (DOH) for 90 days under the “Oplan Kain Sigla Program.”

The DOH-MIMAROPA, which has started another round of “Eat to Nourish Approach” feeding package, is targeting 520 preschool children in the five provinces of the region. Continue reading

DoE renews push to tap Malampaya funds

The Department of Energy (DoE) has renewed a bid to use royalty payments from the Malampaya gas-to-power facility to bring down electricity rates.

Since he assumed the Cabinet post last year, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has been calling on Congress to pass a bill on investing Malampaya funds in energy resource and infrastructure development initiatives. Continue reading

Palawan farmers need add’l post-harvest facilities: NFA

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan– The National Food Authority (NFA) here said that Palawan farmers need additional post-harvest facilities to meet the demand for rice grains on time during the lean months and to achieve reasonable prices for them.

Ferlita Ancheta, officer-in-charge of the NFA in Palawan, said farmers need post-harvest drying facilities that would lessen grain moisture content to a safe level for storing. Continue reading

Palawan LGU says no one told them about Nickelodeon underwater theme park

The local government of Busuanga and Coron said no one approached them to discuss the proposed Nickelodeon underwater theme park.

In an interview with GMA News Online, Busuanga Mayor Elizabeth Cervantes said at first, they were not aware that Nickelodeon would be putting up an underwater theme park in Coron.

She said it was only through the news that they have learned about it. Continue reading