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Boost in Puerto Princesa tourism seen as Boracay faces closure

‘The CAAP confirmed to us that starting April 25, we will be having another 10 redirected flights from Kalibo every week,’ says Michie Meneses of the City Tourism Office

NATURAL BEAUTY. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is among the 7 New Wonders of the World. Photo from PPUR Management Office

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – The city government is anticipating a boost in tourist arrivals in Puerto Princesa City with the impending closure of Boracay starting April 26.

Michie Meneses, City Tourism Office (CTO) promotion and marketing division chief, said they are expecting the city’s current average of 85,000 monthly visitors to double in numbers starting last week of this month.

“The CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) confirmed to us that starting April 25, we will be having another 10 redirected flights from Kalibo every week,” she said.

The tourism industry in Puerto Princesa City sees Boracay’s impending closure as an opportunity to showcase the city’s community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) sites, along with its flagship tourist destinations Puerto Princesa Underground River and Honda Bay.

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Groups ink deal with government for El Nido’s ‘sustainability’

PROMISING to work together toward the sustainability of El Nido, Palawan, groups recently signed an agreement with government agencies to protect and strengthen the natural resources of the booming tourist destination.

“It is refreshing to see this level of commitment for the protection of our environment coming from our stakeholders,” Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu was quoted in a statement as saying.

Cimatu issued his statement after ordering a crackdown in tourism areas, particularly beach resorts, to prevent another “Boracay.”

The world-renowned Boracay, an island paradise in Malay, Aklan, is besieged by environmental problems.

President Duterte is set to decide whether to shut down Boracay for six months as recommended by Task Force Boracay led by Cimatu.

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El Nido’s tourist boom in the eyes of locals

MANILA, Philippines, March 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In 2017, readers of luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler ranked Palawan’s El Nido as the world’s fourth most beautiful island beach. While El Nido is home to nearly 50 white sand beaches set around majestic limestone formations, it used to be a fifth-class municipality without a hospital and sufficient power and water systems.

Most of the locals used to make a living through birds’ nest gathering, fishing, and cashew farming, which were not enough for them to make ends meet. In 1992, the opening of Ten Knots Development Corporation (TKDC) created opportunities to build on the skills and provide livelihood for El Nido’s communities. Now that El Nido is a first-class municipality and a booming tourist destination, most residents are part of the tourism supply chain that TKDC helped put in place.

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Kudat-Palawan ro-ro to push through April

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The Kudat-Palawan roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) ferry service will push through next month.

This assurance came from Palawan provincial information officer Gil Acosta Jr, in response to a report quoting a local community leader in Sabah that the sea link between Malaysia and Philippines is unlikely to start soon.

The community leader, in the report published in Daily Express, cited difficulties in documentation and permits being faced by the Philippine-based ferry operator.

“The maiden voyage of the Kudat-Palawan ro-ro) ferry service will push through in April after a delay due to Tropical Storm Basyang last February.

“The ferry operation will push through. Our last schedule was cancelled because of our own hesitation when there was a tropical storm (Basyang) in Palawan. It’s a go for us,” said Acosta.

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Palaweños back declaration of ‘revolutionary government’

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan—Around 5,000 members and supporters of the Palawan for President Rodrigo Duterte Movement came together here early Thursday afternoon in a grand rally to back the declaration of a “revolutionary government.”

The mass assembly started with a motorcade of nearly 100 vehicles at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, in Barangay San Pedro, to the People’s Amphitheater in Mendoza Park, 2.7 kilometers to the center of the city. Continue reading

Rebranding our paradise: Puerto Princesa

ppcPINK. Red and white make up its characteristics: passion and energy, peace and purity. The mixture gives a color commonly associated with romance. Albeit also associated with femininity, it has a deeper meaning: love, caring and understanding humanity.

Pink also makes one an intuitive person. Pink also connotes conforming to social norms is less of a concern to someone.

Pink is also Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The pink color of the exuberantly beautiful Palawan balayong tree flower, commonly referred to as the Palawan Cherry Blossom, is now the symbol of Puerto Princesa. The balayong tree will bloom all year round, accentuating another city symbol that has graced its seal for many years, the regal Pheasant Peacock, locally known as tandikan. Continue reading

BOI approves P8-M cashew project in Palawan

THE Board of Investments recently approved the application of R-Ley Trading based in Roxas, Palawan as an expanding export producer of roasted cashew nuts.

R-Ley Trading, a small to medium enterprise (SME) participant, qualified under the Export Activities category of the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).

The P7.87-million expansion project involves the acquisition of a decorticating machine, shelling machine, sorting machine, and peeling and packing machines from Vietnam. The expansion will also allow the enterprise to process roasted whole cashew nuts. Continue reading

China brings solar power to Antique, Palawan

MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese government is providing 3,000 units of solar-powered LED street light and home solar power system in the provinces of Antique and Palawan as part of efforts to help the country combat climate change.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and vice chair of the National Development and Reform Commission of China Zhang Young inked a memorandum of understanding for the grant of solar energy devices to Antique and El Nido in Palawan. Continue reading

PH, Singapore Inaugurate Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Project in Palawan

MANILA, Dec. 2 — The Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the leadership of Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, and the Singapore government, represented by Singapore’s Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng, today inaugurated the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) in the municipality of Bataraza in the southernmost tip of Palawan.

The ADS-B project– a state-of-the-art surveillance technology that aims to make flights safer and air traffic management more efficient– is a collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Continue reading

BOI approves grant of perks to 2 agri-processing expansion projects

Image result for BOI approves grant of perks to 2 agri-processing expansion projectsThe Board of Investments (BOI) has approved two agri-processing and production projects with a combined worth of P86 million.

In a statement on Tuesday, the government’s main investment-promotion agency announced that the expansion of 557 Feather Meal Corp.’s  poultry-dressing facility and R-LEY Trading’s roasted cashew-nuts factory have qualified for government incentives.

Feather Meal Corp.’s project qualified under the 2017 Investment Priorities Plan’s agriculture, fishery and forestry category, while R-LEY’s investment was approved under the list of eligible export activities. Continue reading

Ayala coop backs rice farming

Image result for Ayala coop backs rice farmingAyala Multipurpose Cooperative, Palawan ARC Cooperative Federation of Narra, Palawan and Ten Knots Development Corp. recently signed a tripartite agreement in support of the Agriculture’s Department’s Corporate Rice Farming Program.

The department said it was the second time the Ayala cooperative signed an agreement supporting an agriculture project. The first was with a local farmer’s cooperative in Iloilo.

“The coop is pleased that starting from a small seed in Iloilo we are now moving towards a bigger group, a bigger engagement, and partnership with the Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

Kudat: Road to development

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Teo Chee Kang is taking his inspiration from China when it comes to pushing for development.

Citing the Asian giant’s philosophy that for any place to develop, good roads have to be built to and from it, the Tanjong Kapor assemblyman said the roads and other infrastructure in Kudat had to be improved to boost economic growth there.

Among the initiatives proposed by Teo, who is also Sabah special tasks minister, was a coastal highway that would reduce by half the three-hour travelling time between Kudat and here. Continue reading

Microgrids can connect Palawan to main system

Image result for Microgrids can connect Palawan to main systemINSTALLING microgrids in Palawan can connect the northernmost part of the province to the main grid, according to a legislator.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in a chance interview that state-run National Power Corp. (Napocor)’s plan to energize about 200 households for P3 billion “opens up the idea to the microgrid.”

Gatchalian, who heads the Senate energy committee, explained that when they deliberated on Napocor’s fiscal budget, the proposal was not viable since it would only involve small municipalities. Continue reading

Russian envoy wants to promote Coron as tourist destination

Image result for Russian envoy wants to promote Coron as tourist destinationPUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev wants to promote the town among his compatriots as a tourism destination.

Khovaev, who arrived Tuesday in the municipality for a three-day cultural and language training-seminar about his country, was accompanied by consuls Denis Karenin and Carmi Garcia, and Department of Tourism (DOT) representatives Gloria Punzalan and Zenaida Potapurchenco, said Coron administrator Jonathan Dabuit. Continue reading

West Philippine Sea: Joint development with China?

Image result for West Philippine Sea: Joint development with China?In a major sign of improved bilateral relations, not to mention our desperation to develop alternative sources of energy, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi recently announced a “win-win solution” in the West Philippine Sea.

Thus, the PNOC Exploration Corp, in partnership with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Jadestone Energy Inc. are set to develop Calamian project off the island of Palawan. China’s CNOOC is expected to hold a majority 51 percent share. Continue reading

Palawan CSOs see hope in Renewable Portfolio Standards

File photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – While Palawan civil society organizations (CSOs) consider the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) as long overdue, they say it gives them a glimmer of hope as it will compel the power distributor Palawan Electric Cooperative to finally tap the province’s rich renewable energy (RE) potential.

Cynthia Sumagaysay-Del Rosario, one of the lead conveners of the Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE), said the green groups have long been waiting for the Philippine RPS Rules for Off-grid Areas to be created and eventually implemented. Continue reading

Solon urges Duterte to renew BIMP-EAGA travel tax waiver

Image result for Solon urges Duterte to renew BIMP-EAGA travel tax waiverA lawmaker is to revive an old policy that waives travel taxes for anyone passing through Mindanao and Palawan ports to arrive at destinations within a Southeast Asian subregional economic bloc.

Davao del Sur Representative Mercedes Cagas filed House Resolution 1270 on September 4, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to renew the travel tax exemption policy that covers passengers arriving from the said ports to any destination in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Continue reading

BIMP-Eaga seeks more investment, trading relation with Chinese firms

Image result for BIMP-Eaga seeks more investment, trading relation with Chinese firmsA subregional grouping under the Asean has indicated to China’s economic leaders that it wanted to further expand relations since China became a recognized extended trading partner in 2009 of the subregional grouping.

The partnership between the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) was marked by China’s various technical assistance and learning exchanges when the partnership was formally forged through a Framework of Economic Cooperation in 2009. Continue reading

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

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

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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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

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

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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