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DENR to restore mercury-tainted Palawan lake


PUERTO PRINCESA – The government has started the restoration of a mercury-contaminated lake in Palawan that was previously used by a mining company.

The rehabilitation of the lake in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa, Palawan is led and funded by the environment department’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). It will have three phases. Continue reading

Breakwater made of ‘dead corals’ mine – Palawan governor


PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – A breakwater – allegedly made of dead corals and rocks as foundation – has enraged a non-governmental organization here.

Palawan Network of NGOs Inc (PNNI) said the riprap, built in Velasco Island in San Vicente town in Northern Palawan, is owned by Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, who also chairs the multi-sectoral and intergovernmental body, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Continue reading

Palawan town mayor faces graft case for pumpboat purchase


MANILA — Cuyo, Palawan Mayor Andrew Lim Ong faces a graft case before the Sandiganbayan for purchasing a P200,000 pumpboat without public bidding.

State prosecutors accused Ong of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for allegedly conspiring with Rellie Giducos Alis over the purchase. Continue reading

Giant scorpions found abandoned at Palawan pier

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has recovered hundreds of Malay giant scorpions abandoned in Palawan last weekend. In a statement, the PCG said the species, numbering 370, were found by Coast Guard personnel stationed at the Liminangcong Pier in Taytay, Palawan, last Dec. 11.

The giant scorpions were kept in tin cans packed in two boxes and abandoned at the cargo holding area of the Liminangcong Pier.

The PCG said the giant scorpions have an estimated market value of P564,000. A pier worker reported the abandoned cargo to the PCG. Continue reading

Palawan fishermen prepare for reef fishing open season


PALAWAN – Fishermen in Palawan are preparing to go reef fishing for food, which will open on December 16.

During the open season, fishermen are allowed to catch groupers with sizes ranging from 32 to 47.5 centimeters.

The second closed season for reef fishing in Palawan started on October 16 and ends Thursday.

During this period, fishermen were not allowed to catch, transport, and sell live and fresh fish as stated in Administrative Order No. 5 implemented by Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Continue reading

With support of China’s Xi, Duterte to ban fishing in disputed lagoon


MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to all fishermen, a move his office said was supported by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Duterte will make a unilateral declaration barring fishermen from exploiting marine life at a tranquil lagoon that was central to years of bitter squabbling, and the basis of an arbitration case brought and won by the Philippines. Continue reading

China won’t say if it backs Philippine fishing ban


BEIJING – China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday declined to say if it supported an executive order by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to fishermen.

The dispute over the Scarborough Shoal is one of several involving South East Asian countries seeking to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Since 2012, China has deployed its coastguard to block the shoal from Filipinos, despite its location within the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone of the Philippines. Continue reading

PH Air Force grounds 6 Sokol choppers after Palawan crash

chopperThe choppers, acquired for P2.8 billion from Poland during the Arroyo administration, have always been controversial

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said it has grounded its remaining 6 Sokol choppers as it continued its investigation on the cause of the crash in Palawan last week. “Lahat ng Sokol ngayon grounded (All the Sokols have been grounded),” PAF spokesperson Colonel Antonio Francisco told reporters on Tuesday, November 15. Continue reading

New PH–US military exercise to start Wednesday


The Philippine Army will engage the United States Special Operations Forces in their annual, one-month joint and combined training exercise in Palawan starting Wednesday, November 16.

Col. Benjamin Hao, Army spokesman, said the Philippines–United States Balance Piston 16-4 training exercise focuses on enhancing the war fighting capabilities and interoperability of the Philippine Army’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the U.S. Special Operations Forces. Continue reading

Palawan hosts ASEAN chief justices’ meeting


PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – The Philippines is hosting the sixth Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting of chief magistrates in Puerto Princesa in Palawan from November 10 to 14.

The three-day ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment is meant to strengthen the ties, cooperation and coordination of among the judiciaries of ASEAN member nations. Continue reading

Air Force probes helicopter’s emergency landing in Palawan


THE Air Force is investigating the “emergency landing” of a Sokol W-3A multipurpose helicopter on Tuesday in Palawan, which military officials initially said was due to mechanical failure.

Col. Antonio Francisco, Air Force spokesman, said the incident is undergoing investigation as a standard operating procedure, adding that he could not comment until the probe is concluded. Continue reading

Pinoy fishermen successfully return from Scarborough fishing trip


PANGASINAN – A group of Filipino fishermen successfully returned from a fishing trip in the disputed Scarborough Shoal on Tuesday, a first since the standoff between the Philippines and China in 2012.

The fishermen were happy and relieved to return to their hometown in Infanta, Pangasinan after fishing in the shoal, which is located near Zambales province and known as Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc in the Philippines. Continue reading

Duterte: PH may soon gain fishing rights in Scarborough Shoal


CAGAYAN – The Philippines may soon gain fishing rights in the highly disputed Scarborough Shoal, President Rodrigo Duterte announced Sunday.

During his visit to typhoon “Lawin” victims in Cagayan, Duterte told local fishermen to “just wait for a few more days” and maybe they can go back to Scarborough Shoal.

“We’ll just wait for a few more days baka makabalik na tayo doon sa Scarborough Shoal, ang pangingisda ng ating mga kababayan [and maybe we can go back to Scarborough Shoal, the fishing of our countrymen],” Duterte said in a speech.

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Giant 34-kilogram pearl found by fisherman breaks records

untitled-2 A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world’s biggest pearl, but he didn’t know it.

For 10 years, the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl was hidden in a bag under a bed. The fisherman’s family would rub it with their hands before going out to sea in the belief it would bring them luck, said relative Aileen Amurao. Continue reading

Palawan hopes for ferry link to Sabah


PUERTO PRINCESA  CITY, Palawan: Sabah and Palawan in the Philippines will stand to benefit tremendously if their leaders continue to further nurture their present harmonious relationships.

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez said further enhancing the friendship between Sabah, particularly Kudat and Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan, would surely create positive economic activities in both areas. Continue reading

US donates boats to Philippine police


The Philippine National Police – Maritime Group (PNP-MG) took receipt of four new aluminium-hull patrol boats on the western island of Palawan on 8 July. 

The four Dauntless 30-class vessels – built by Willard Marine based in California under a contract announced on 3 September 2015 – were donated to the Philippines by the US. Collectively they are worth more than $2.3 million. Continue reading

Okada’s Manila investment to reach $4B, eyes Davao and Palawan resorts


Universal Entertainment Corporation of Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, through Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc., is expecting its investment in the PAGCOR Entertainment to exceed $4 billion even as it scouts the Philippines for other resort projects.

In an interview during the media launch of Okada Manila integrated resort, TRLEI chief operating officer Takahiro Usui said investments could rise to $4 billion once all four phases of the project is completed. Continue reading

Fortune Life pushes growth prospects in Palawan


FORTUNE Life Insurance Co. is aggressively pushing its growth and expansion plans in Palawan through the inauguration and blessing of its new branch building  at Lot 9, Fernandez Street, Barangay Tanglaw, Puerto Princesa City, on October 9.

The inaugural program includes a Thanksgiving Mass, ribbon cutting and blessing of Fortune Life branch building. It will be followed by a motorcade around Puerto Princesa City and reception will be at the Citystate Asturias Hotel. Continue reading

A trip down one of the world’s newly-recognised natural wonders


I am just about to bite into a worm, an extremely long worm. As a child I had occasionally thought of eating a dirt-encrusted juicy one from the garden but had thought better of it.

But this time there is no escape. I have actually ordered it from the worm vendor who has set up his stall outside the restaurant where I am having a fine buffet lunch after returning from a trip down one of the the New 7 Wonders of Nature and a refreshing driftwood worm seems to be in order. Continue reading

Multisectoral Group boosts Palawan Climate Resilience


Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), the social development arm of Shell companies in the Philippines, recently signed a memorandum of agreement with Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) for the expansion of the latter’s automated weather station (AWS) network in Palawan. The move aims to intensify the province’s resilience to climate-related risks such as extreme weather events. Continue reading