Category Archives: Environment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red tide alert up in Palawan, Davao Oriental, and parts of Visayas

Image result for red tide alertThe Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday issued an advisory saying a red tide alert is up over parts of Western Samar, Palawan, Masbate, Negros Oriental, Davao Oriental.

The BFAR said laboratory results conducted by BFAR and local government units showed that shellfish from the following areas were still positive for the paralytic shellfish poison above the regulatory limit: Continue reading

Six of the best AirBnBs in Palawan: From ultra budget to ultra luxury

It seems that the natural hospitality of Filipino culture has found a perfect match with AirBnB, which is booming across these islands. Every day new properties are added, ranging from spare bedrooms in modest family homes to ultra-luxury private islands. Here travel expert Zoe Stephens picks six of her top choices for PalawanContinue reading

Environmental ‘politics’ hurting Palawan : 25-year-old law failed to protect Palawan from destructive development projects

Is Palawan safe from destructive development projects? Apparently not, even with Republic Act (RA) 7611, or the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act, in effect for a quarter of a century now.

Lawyer Gerthie Anda-Mayo, executive director of the Palawan-based Environmental Legal Assistance Center (Elac), said 25 years after the law was signed on June 19, 1992, by the late President Corazon C. Aquino, destructive development projects continue to threaten Palawan, an island-province described as the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier” and consistent winner in global polls for the best island in the world. Continue reading

Sabah Wildlife Dept seeks DNA samples from seized pangolin scales

Sabah Customs Department director Datuk Janathan Kandok (third from left) with one of the 226 sacks of pangolin scales weighing a total of 8,000kg seized at the Sepanggar Bay container port last July 29. Wildlife authorities here are seeking samples of the eight tonnes of pangolin scales that was confiscated on July 29 by State Customs Department to determine if any is of local origin.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said that while they knew about the seizure since last week, they had no part in the investigations and have yet to obtain a sample. Continue reading

Palawan’s superhighway project called an ‘environmental disaster’

EXTENSION. Construction has started for the extension of the Palawan highway in the southern portion of the province. Photo courtesy of Palawan NGO Network Incorporated Plans to expand Palawan’s national highway from two to 6 lanes has alarmed citizens and civil society groups for its potential negative environmental impacts.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Expanding Palawan’s national highway from two to 6 lanes could boost provincial economic growth, but concerned citizens and civil society groups here are wary that it may come at the expense of the environment. Continue reading

Environment body voids permit of Palawan mine

An inspection led by Brooke’s Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano in May discovered fallen trees in the concession area of Ipilan Nickel Corp. in Palawan province. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — An environment regulatory agency revoked a special permit it issued to a nickel mining company operating in southern Palawan in the wake of controversies hounding the firm.

Ipilan Nickel Corp. (INC), whose operation was suspended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), was stripped of its Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) clearance by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) during its monthly meeting last week, according to PCSD executive director Nelson Devanadera. Continue reading

1,500 signatures sought to save ancient Acacia trees in Palawan

An appeal for 1,500 signatures has been launched in a petition website to save a number of ancient Acacia trees from the planned Php30-billion six-lane road widening project by the Palawan government.

Presented as “Please save Palawan’s Acacia Tunnel,” the online petition that was posted at Change.org three days ago, now only needed 131 signatures to reach the target. Continue reading

Drilling operations in the WPS urged ahead of Malampaya depletion

DOE’s new policy to protect consumers from price shocks during Malampaya maintenanceBUSINESS TYCOON MANNY V. PANGILINAN IS LOOKING INTO REOPENING ITS OIL EXPLORATIONS DESPITE THE LONG-TIME TERRITORIAL CONFLICT IN THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA VERSUS CHINA.

Pangilinan’s energy venture, PXP Energy Corp., has ongoing drilling projects in the Reed Bank that were stalled by the government after the Philippines filed an international arbitration case against China over the disputed area.

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Save the Binturong! Wait―What’s a Binturong?

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The Philippines just set aside more than 100,000 acres for pangolins, hornbills, forest turtles, and the mysterious, mustachioed “bearcat.”

Deep in the few remaining mature forests of the Philippines dwells an animal that defies easy explanation. It’s a fuzzy creature, with the squat body of a wolverine and the smirk of a raccoon. A prehensile tail with a bald patch helps the mammal lift its 50-pound body high into the tree canopy, and long, white whiskers give the furball the countenance of a woods wizard. Perhaps most intriguing of all, its anal gland secretions are said to smell like buttered popcorn. Mmmm. Continue reading