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Health caravan conducts 121 surgeries in Mimaropa

FILE: Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA (Photo: DOH MIMAROPA/ Facebook)The Department of Health’s (DOH) office in the Mimaropa region had provided a total of 121 surgical operations – 51 major and 70 minor — since its caravan, “ToDOH Alaga, May TSekAP Na, May Operasyon Pa!”, began at the Dr. Damian Reyes Provincial Hospital in Boac, Marinduque last July 13, its chief reported.

“Now that we have proven that we can provide free surgical operations and addressed the health needs at no cost to our indigent patients, we will sustain this project until all people requiring various kinds of surgery in the region will be provided for and taken care of,” DOH-Mimaropa regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo, said during recognition rites held at the Century Park Hotel Monday.

Mimaropa covers Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan. Continue reading

Tropical Storm Quedan spotted east of Aurora

Image result for Tropical Storm Quedan spotted east of AuroraTropical Storm Quedan was estimated at 1,250 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, according to the early morning forecast of PAGASA.

Quedan packs maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph and moving northwest direction at 21 kph.

Meanwhile, an Intertropical Convergence Zone is affecting Palawan and Mindanao, that will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms.

Due to Quedan, Visayas and Bicol region as well as the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms. Continue reading

Palawan fisherman rescued in Sipalay; 1 still missing

Image result for Palawan fisherman rescued in SipalayA FISHERMAN from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, who was reported missing since last week was rescued Monday, October 23, in the waters of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. His companion has remained missing. Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Vingno, chief of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Bacolod, said 65-year-old Orlando Warizal was at sea for almost a week. He was found by fisherman Roger Buhay sitting on a half submerged fishing boat around 11 a.m. on October 23. Warizal was brought to the Sipalay City Hall through the assistance of Sipalay City Emergency and Assistance Services. 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

Bea Alonzo spends 30th birthday in Palawan with Gerald Anderson

Rumored couple Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson were spotted again vacationing together, this time in Palawan, as part of the actress’ 30th birthday celebrations last Oct. 17.

In recent Instagram posts of fan page, @bearald_rock, photos and videos of their beach escapade were shared with the public.

In one photo, the two are holding hands as they walk through a pedestrians’ boulevard jutting out into the sea.

A simple birthday cake for Alonzo was also posted. Continue reading

“Best Island in the World” adds a spectacular race to the GSS!

Crystal clear water in amazing shades of blue, secret beaches with powder white sand, hidden lagoons surrounded by lush limestone cliffs and snorkeling sites teeming with tropical fish and other marine life, these are just some of the reasons why Palawan has been named the “Best Island in the World” by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast for two years in a row. The Swimjunkie Challenge El Nido offers you the choice of a 4km or 8km swim in the turquoise waters of El Nido assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard and over 150 volunteers to ensure that you have an incredible and safe race experience.  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

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

“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

Beach party lovers brave stormy weather for first Oktoberfest in El Nido

EL NIDO – A stormy night didn’t stop the party by the beach at the Lio Tourism Estate in this Palawan town Saturday, as locals and foreigners alike braved the rain for beer and good vibes in the first Oktoberfest celebration here.

The El Nido beer fest took a departure from the usual loud Manila Oktoberfest parties as it sought to give the over 300 guests that night the perfect beach-side vibe.

The 2017 Oktoberfest here featured acoustic performances from Sud Ballecer, frontman of rock/jazz fusion band SUD; and El Nido’s local artist Lyka. Flair bartending duo Liquid Concepts also lit up the night with their performances.  Continue reading

PHILIPPINES: SM OPENS NEW MALL SM CITY PUERTO PRINCESA IN PALAWAN

With the opening of SM City Puerto Princesa in Palawan on September 15, SM has further expanded its retail footprint nationwide.

Determined to bring its mark of providing an exciting retail experience to as many Filipinos, SM launched its anchor retail brands in Puerto Princesa, one of the country’s main tourist destinations and voted as one of the best islands in the world by travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

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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

Former Miss USA Nia Sanchez back in PH to explore Palawan

Image result for Former Miss USA Nia Sanchez back in PH to explore PalawanNia Sanchez, who represented the United States at the Miss Universe pageant in 2014, is back in the Philippines to explore more of the country’s tourist spots.

On Instagram, Sanchez revealed that she is currently in Port Barton in Palawan along with Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin and Australian models Renae Ayris, Natalie Jayne Roser, and Brooke Nash.

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Sandara ibinebenta ang Pinas sa mga kapwa Korean: Second home ko na ito!

DUMATING uli sa bansa si Sandara Park kasama ang kapatid na si Park Sang-Hyun (Thunder) para sa promo ng finale episode na One Night Food Trip International Edition na kinunan sa Pilipinas (Palawan).

Mapapanood ito sa TVN Asia sa Okt. 10, 11 p.m. at sa Dis. 5 naman dito sa Pilipinas. Ang One Night Food Trip International Edition ay isang foodie battlefield, makakalaban ng magkapatid na Sandara at Thunder ang TV hosts na sina Grace Lee at Sam YG. Continue reading

Duterte signals end of negotiations with Left

Image result for Duterte signals end of negotiations with LeftPRESIDENT Duterte on Monday night signaled the end of negotiations with the Left after announcing to soldiers in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, to prepare for the next war the government will wage—the war against the New People’s Army (NPA).

In his sixth visit in war-torn Marawi City, the President told government troops to remain vigilant even as the fighting against Islamist extremists is reported to end within October. Continue reading

Chinese ships spotted anew near Pag-asa island, lawmaker says

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Tuesday said tension between Philippine and Chinese forces continues in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Alejano said he received information that Chinese ships were seen again in waters near the Philippines’ Pag-asa island and 3 nearby sandbars.

“The concern and tensions in Pag-asa island and its three sandbars are continuing up to now.

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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

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

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