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
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, 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
A US-based travel site has included the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan in its “Natural Wonders” list.
The Subterranean River was ranked 30th on the updated list of 50 natural wonders of CNN Travel, the travel vertical site of US news channel, CNN. Continue reading
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
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
Environmental 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
Some 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
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
American 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
The 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 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
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
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
Minamata. The word has become familiar to Filipinos who, just two months ago, woke up to news that residents of two barangays in Palawan have been stricken with mercury poisoning, no thanks to an abandoned mercury mining site, the now defunct Palawan Quicksilver Mines Inc. that dumped its effluents into the province’s waterways.
The 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
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 Palawan… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
MAGUING, Lanao del Sur (MindaNews/18 Dec) – Eleven truckloads of illegally cut logs, mostly endangered hardwood species, were seized in an anti-illegal logging operations Saturday by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources( DENR-ARMM). Continue reading
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