Category Archives: Environment

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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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

Palawan waters among world’s bluest

MANILA, Philippines — Palawan was named among 13 places to see the bluest water in the world by international travel magazine Travel+Leisure.

“The sparsely-populated archipelago is made up of jungle-filled islands surrounded by stunning teal waters teeming with fish and coral reefs and an incredible array of lagoons, coves and secret beaches,” Travel+Leisure said.

Travel+Leisure cited El Nido and Linapacan as places people should visit when they are in Palawan. 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

Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top list of best islands outside US

Image result for Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top list of best islands outside USBoracay, Cebu and Palawan have topped a travel magazine’s 2017 list of 30 best islands in the world outside of the United States.

Conde Nast Traveler (CNT), a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine based in New York, released the list on  Tuesday, following a survey conducted among more than 300,000 readers.

The three Philippine islands ranked higher than other world-famous islands such as Mykonos, Greece; Bali, Indonesia; Bermuda; St. Barts; Ibiza, Spain;  Capri, Italy; and Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Continue reading

Geologists’ tales of Mt Kinabalu

Image result for Geologists' tales of Mt KinabaluKota Kinabalu: The rock of Mt Kinabalu originated in the Philippines.

Peter Negrido, President and CEO of Philippines Rescue and Reconnaissance team, said he couldn’t figure out how that could happen.

But the late American geologist, Dale Brunotte, who died in March 2016 in Michigan, said that’s the geological fact of the case.

He said it all started with a cataclysmic geological event 15 million years ago when a micro plate sub-ducted (down going another plate) to 100km deep. Continue reading

BFAR working to modernize,boost PH shellfish industry

SEA BOUNTIES – Giant oysters and mussels from the waters of Taytay, Palawan are harvested by a Bureau of Fisheries and Aqautic Resources (BFAR) worker. The agency is initiating moves to modernize the country’s shellfish industry. (Jojo Rinoza)SEA BOUNTIES – Giant oysters and mussels from the waters of Taytay, Palawan are harvested by a Bureau of Fisheries and Aqautic Resources (BFAR) worker. The agency is initiating moves to modernize the country’s shellfish industry. (Jojo Rinoza)

Dagupan City, Pangasinan – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is working on the modernization of the shellfish industry, BFAR-National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center chief Dr. Westly Rosario said. Continue reading

Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top world’s best islands list in 2017

Image result for Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top world’s best islands list in 2017Boracay once again topped the list of the best islands in the world by the readers of an international travel magazine, and directly behind it are the Cebu and Visayan Islands and Palawan, also popular tourist spots.

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards survey for the year revealed the small island off Panay Island, known for its white-sand beach and “thriving nightlife scene,” won the fancy of most of the more than 300,000 readers who sent in their votes. Continue reading

“Paolo” intensifies into severe tropical storm; low-pressure area monitored over Palawan

“Paolo” has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it continued to move over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday.

Apart from “Paolo,” whose eye was located 765 kilometers east of Guian, eastern Samar as of 10 a.m.,  the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is monitoring a low pressure area found 395 kilometers west of Coron, Palawan.

Moderate to heavy rains are expected within the 450-kilometer diameter of “Paolo,” with light to moderate, and occasional heavy rains expected in its outer rainbands: Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao. Continue reading

Cable car in Palawan’s Underground River? No, thanks – management

NATURAL WONDER. The Puerto Princesa Underground River. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – A cable car facility within the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park? It’s unlikely.

Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang said the management is not keen on the proposed facility and other similar attractions for tourists visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), as suggested by the city government’s planning consultant, Palafox Associates.

Maclang said while they will consider the reasons raised by Palafox for the project, it will be “subject to approval” of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). Continue reading

Luisia species

When one first sees the plant of a Luisia  species, particularly if unfamiliar with the multitude of growth habits of various orchid genera, it would be most reasonable to assume that you are looking at a bunch of dead, or dried-up, twigs, and even more so if the plant has no flowers. The first author (JC) still recalls seeing his first plants of Luisia cordatilabia in the mountains of Nueva Vizcaya. It took a very long time before he was convinced that these “twigs” were really an orchid.In fact, his guides eventually found a plant bearing seed capsules that settled the confusion for him, once and for all.

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DENR to press for protection of migratory species

Image result for DENR to press for protection of migratory speciesThe Philippines is expected to push for major initiatives in an international wildlife conference in Manila this month that will protect migratory species in ecotourism sites.

“The Philippines, as an important host to a number of migratory species in its coastal, marine, wetland and forest ecosystems, will prove to the rest of the world that human development should not be at the cost of our natural resources and the ecosystem services that they provide,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu said.

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Palawan tightens watch against sea sponge trade

Image result for Palawan tightens watch against sea sponge tradePuerto Princesa City, Palawan – Environment authorities in Palawan are tightly monitoring the illegal collection and trading of multicellular parazoanorganisms, more commonly known as natural sea sponges, which are important sources of nutrients in the marine ecosystem.

Although there was no definitive study that says that the survival of the natural sea sponge was endangered, critical, or threatened, Jovic Fabello, spokesperson of the environment policy coordinating body Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), said Tuesday that its collection and trade should still be strictly monitored to prevent any potential damage to the aquatic ecosystems where they play important roles. 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

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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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

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

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