Monthly Archives: September 2017

Palawan to spearhead formation of tourism cooperatives

Image result for Palawan to spearhead formation of tourism cooperativesPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The provincial government of Palawan is looking into the possibility of spearheading the formation of cooperatives to maximize expertise, skills and information in the development and marketing of the local tourism industry.

Victoria Ladica, cooperative development officer of the Provincial Cooperative Development Office (PCDO), said Tuesday there is currently no cooperative in Palawan that is directly related to tourism despite being one of two leading industries in the province. Continue reading

This Boutique Hotel In Palawan Is Now 100% Solar-Powered

746725_15071410310032240800.jpg“Qi Palawan” is now the first full-service, air conditioned resort in the Philippines to provide 24 hours power using only solar power

Sustainability has always been at the core of Qi Palawan’s ethos.  The resort was designed with fuel efficiency and sustainability in mind using bamboo, a fast-growing tree that does not require pesticides, and 100% local materials and labor.

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DoE endorses joint oil exploration with China

Image result for DoE endorses joint oil exploration with ChinaThe Energy Department endorsed for Malacañang’s approval the farm-in agreement between state-run PNOC Exploration Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over a petroleum-rich area northwest off Palawan province.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi told reporters at the sidelines of the Asean Energy Business Forum 2017 that amid the strengthening ties with China, the department endorsed the agreement covering service contract 57 for the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading

Ayala eco-tourism estate says no issues with El Nido over access to public beach

PUBLIC BEACH. A view of the beach in Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro The management of Ayala-owned Lio Tourism Estate says residents of Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido still have access to the public beach in front of its newly-opened resort

PUBLIC BEACH. A view of the beach in Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

PALAWAN, Philippines – The management of Ayala-owned Lio Tourism Estate says residents of Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido still have access to the public beach in front of its newly-opened resort, dismissing accusations that the people have lost access to it.

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LOOK: Sandara Park flies to Palawan with brother Thunder

K-pop star and former 2NE1 member Sandara Park recently returned to the Philippines with his brother Thunder, former member of boy group MBLAQ.

She announced the visit through an Instagram post, which showed herself and Thunder sitting inside a plane. Sandara wrote on the caption, “Came back to Manila with Thunder after 10yrs mabuhay!!!” Continue reading

239 Palawan farmers complete ‘Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan’ program

FILE: They are composed of traditional farmers, members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps), and college students from 29 barangays in Puerto Princesa, as well as from the municipalities of Aborlan and Roxas. (PNA photo)PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — After six months of training at the Palawan Agricultural Experiment Station (PAES), 239 program beneficiaries graduated as part of the 139th Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Rural Farmers’ Training Program held at SM City Puerto Princesa Event Center recently.

Russell Fernandez, public relations officer of the newly-opened SM City Puerto Princesa, on Saturday said the farmers graduated on September 22.

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DENR seeks AFP, PNP help to enhance security protocol against illegal loggers

ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot from Rappler  Denouncing recent attacks by suspected illegal loggers against forest-protection officers, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu bared plans to strengthen the agency’s community environment and natural resources offices with the help of the military and the police forces.

“We will ask the military and police to train our foresters in security protocol and proper way of carrying firearms.  We are also studying if we can arm them while patrolling or when they are out to conduct arrest to protect and defend themselves if necessary,” Cimatu said in a statement. Continue reading

Cimatu honors slain forest warrior

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu (DENR / MANILA BULLETIN)Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Friday visited the wake of slain barangay captain Ruben Arzaga in El Nido, Palawan, honoring him as a “Bayani ng Kalikasan.”

“I salute Ruben, because he sacrificed his life to protect the environment. Because of his courageous act, we should honor him as ‘Bayani ng Kalikasan’,” Cimatu said in Filipino. Continue reading

Coast Guard, IMO beef up drive to preserve, protect Tubbataha Reefs

Image result for Coast Guard, IMO beef up drive to preserve, protect Tubbataha ReefsPuerto Princesa City, Palawan– The PhillpineCoast Guard (PCG) barred all ships with a gross tonnage of 150 and up from sailing in the vicinity of the 4,470-square kilometer area-to-be-avoided (ATBA) in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) to avoid the risk of accidental groundings.

The order was likewise issued after the area was declared as particularly sensitive sea area (PSSA) in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ship Routing 2017 edition,” Commodore Joselito dela Cruz, commander of PCG – Palawan said. Continue reading

LPA to bring rains over most parts of PH Friday: PAGASA

LPA to bring rains over most parts of PH Friday: PAGASAThe low pressure area (LPA) last spotted at 175 kilometers northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur will cause rains over most parts of the archipelago, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) said Friday.

Visayas, Mindanao, Bicol, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will experience cloudy skies and scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Continue reading

RLC now biggest solar power producer in malls

Robinsons Place Dumaguete’s rooftop solar panels was commissioned in April 2016 and has a total of 5,920 solar panels which produces an annual yield of 1,725,680kW-Hr.

Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), a subsidiary of JG Sumit Holdings Inc., is further increasing the solar power generation capacity of its malls as the dominant renewable energy generator among Philippine property developers.

To date, Robinsons Land has almost 48,000 rooftop solar panels in its 11 malls, most of which are outside Metro Manila, allowing it to produce over 15 million kilowatt hours (KWH) of clean energy annually. Continue reading

The future is in knowledge

“THE world is changing fast, we can’t fall behind. We have to prepare for the future. The future is not very far.”

This was the statement delivered by Antonio “Yobie” Benjamin, one of the pioneers among Filipinos in Silicon Valley, during the recently-concluded 5th Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) 2017 international conference and startup competition on August 24 and 25 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The tech guru, who is formerly from Malabon City, Metro Manila, is chief technology officer (CTO) of clickSWITCH and Emeritus CTO of Token.io – two finance-oriented startups among many other tech and entrepreneurship engagements. He is a successful venture investor and innovator in life sciences, IoTm FinTech, sustainability and consumer products, Continue reading

VIRAL: Canadian tourist to donate P1.2M in equipment to Coron hospital

HEARTFELT DONATION. Canadian tourist John Abou-Samra will be donating P1.2 million worth of hospital equipment to the Coron District Hospital. Photo courtesy of John Abou-Samra

MANILA, Philippines – John Abou-Samra, a Lebanese-born Canadian, has been saving up for a grand cruise around the world in time for his retirement in late 2017. But his plans changed after his visit in June to Coron, Palawan.

Palawan has been recognized by global award-giving bodies for its wreck diving spots, pristine waters, and rich marine ecosystem.

Samra wanted to find these out for himself.

Samra, who just came from a trip to El Nido, Palawan, was having the time of his life in Kayangan Lake, Coron, when his trip took an ugly turn. Continue reading

Why this new enclave in El Nido should be your next beach destination

EL NIDO, Palawan – If the gloomy weather is making you crave for the beach, here’s a getaway for all seasons.

The Lio Estate, a new development of AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp. in a largely untouched corner of northern Palawan, is shaping up to be the next preferred beach destination in this tourist hub.

Accessible via a 55-minute direct flight from Manila, the enclave, the “first eco-masterplanned community” in El Nido, is a one-stop destination where guests may have both an adventure and a peaceful respite from the daily grind. Continue reading

DENR, NIA to get bigger 2018 budget

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) got the House of Representatives’ nod for a higher 2018 budget.

DENR’s budget proposal for next year, amounting to P27.1 billion, is 1.77 percent higher compared to this year’s allocation of P26.6 billion.

Secretary Roy Cimatu expressed gratitude to the lawmakers for their continued support to the DENR, as well as to Rep. Corazon Nunez-Malanyaon of the first district of Davao Oriental, for sponsoring the agency’s budget at the plenary. Continue reading

SM Prime to open mall in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – SM Prime Holdings Incorporated is set to open its first mall in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Friday, September 15 – its 64th nationwide.

SM Prime told the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Wednesday, September 13, that SM City Puerto Princesa will have 54,000 square meters (sqm) of gross floor area (GFA), bringing its total retail space in the Philippines to 7.9 million sqm. Continue reading

DoH sends assistance to remote locations

HEALTH services were brought to the municipalities of Cuyo, Agutaya and Magsaysay in Palawan, including nearby island barangays, considered as “critical areas” due to their remote location, said Department of Health –Mimaropa (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) regional director Eduardo C. Janairo.

Janairo said they visited the three far-flung areas to monitor ongoing DoH projects and monitor existing health facilities requiring renovation and improvement. Continue reading

SM Puerto Princesa set to open Sept. 15

Glass walls at the main entrance and linear overhang create an inviting appearance.

Known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier, the province of Palawan is a natural wonder with its vast tracts of tropical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness.

In the heart of Palawan lies the city of Puerto Princesa, a tropical paradise with a bustling urban center ideal for business with leisure trips. Lush rainforests and white sand beaches are simply hours away from the city proper, where a banking, commercial, IT, and BPO boom have made it one of the country’s fast developing cities.

Glass walls at the main entrance and linear overhang create an inviting appearance.

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Silicon Valley tech guru on AI’s effects on PH BPOs

ANTONIO BENJAMIN. The Fil-Am Silicon Valley entrepreneur speaks at 2017 Geeks On A Beach conference in Palawan. Photo by Edd K. Usman/Rappler.

Filipino-American tech gurus in Silicon Valley, United States, continued to sound off alarms on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the Philippines’ cash cow, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

The latest to give his expert take is Antonio “Yobie” Benjamin, one of the pioneers among Filipinos in Silicon Valley who parlayed their digital geekery into money-making startup machines. Benjamin, 58, formerly of Malabon City, Metro Manila, is chief technology officer (CTO) of clickSWITCH and Emeritus CTO of Token.io – two finance-oriented startups among many other tech and entrepreneurship engagements. Continue reading

Malaysia, Philippines talk security Palawan meet

KUDAT: Malaysia, in an effort to further enhance relationship with the Philippines, has conducted a bilateral partnership programme in the Province of Palawan yesterday.

The Malaysian delegates, led by Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) deputy chief of intelligence staff Assistant Commissioner Hashim Justin, visited the Mangsee Island, which was located near the maritime border of Kudat, Sabah and southern Philippines. Continue reading