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VIRAL: Canadian tourist to donate P1.2M in equipment to Coron hospital

HEARTFELT DONATION. Canadian tourist John Abou-Samra will be donating P1.2 million worth of hospital equipment to the Coron District Hospital. Photo courtesy of John Abou-Samra

MANILA, Philippines – John Abou-Samra, a Lebanese-born Canadian, has been saving up for a grand cruise around the world in time for his retirement in late 2017. But his plans changed after his visit in June to Coron, Palawan.

Palawan has been recognized by global award-giving bodies for its wreck diving spots, pristine waters, and rich marine ecosystem.

Samra wanted to find these out for himself.

Samra, who just came from a trip to El Nido, Palawan, was having the time of his life in Kayangan Lake, Coron, when his trip took an ugly turn. Continue reading

SM Prime to open mall in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – SM Prime Holdings Incorporated is set to open its first mall in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Friday, September 15 – its 64th nationwide.

SM Prime told the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on Wednesday, September 13, that SM City Puerto Princesa will have 54,000 square meters (sqm) of gross floor area (GFA), bringing its total retail space in the Philippines to 7.9 million sqm. Continue reading

DoH sends assistance to remote locations

HEALTH services were brought to the municipalities of Cuyo, Agutaya and Magsaysay in Palawan, including nearby island barangays, considered as “critical areas” due to their remote location, said Department of Health –Mimaropa (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) regional director Eduardo C. Janairo.

Janairo said they visited the three far-flung areas to monitor ongoing DoH projects and monitor existing health facilities requiring renovation and improvement. Continue reading

Malaysia, Philippines talk security Palawan meet

KUDAT: Malaysia, in an effort to further enhance relationship with the Philippines, has conducted a bilateral partnership programme in the Province of Palawan yesterday.

The Malaysian delegates, led by Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) deputy chief of intelligence staff Assistant Commissioner Hashim Justin, visited the Mangsee Island, which was located near the maritime border of Kudat, Sabah and southern Philippines. 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

Bloodless war on crimes

Image result for drug operation in mimaropaThe “One Time, Big Time” operations against illegal drugs and other crimes can be carried out without spilling blood.

Policemen in the provinces of Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (Mimaropa) showed the way when they conducted the so-called “One Time, Big Time” operations Friday and arrested 233 drug personalities, including a policeman, without bloodshed. Continue reading

Palawan to boost rice production by opening loans to farmers

Image result for Palawan to boost rice productionsA measure that seeks to grant fertilizer loans to farmers in Palawan has been approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to boost the province’s rice productivity.

Resolution No. 13296 was approved to establish the Productivity Rice Reform Development (PRRD) project under the Livelihood Component of I-HELP (Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood and Protection of the Environment). Continue reading

Massive highway planned for Philippines’ Palawan Island

Chinese flag planted in island off West PH Sea: Alejano

Image result for Chinese flag planted in island off West PH SeaA Chinese flag was discovered planted on a sand cay located 7 nautical miles northeast off Kota Island, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano claimed on Tuesday.

“It was discovered around third week of July 2017. A Chinese vessel allegedly erected the said 3-meter high Chinese flag on a sand cay which is known to be within a Philippine-controlled area,” Alejano told a press conference. Continue reading

Marines hold outreach program for Palawan IPs

Image result for ips palawan with marinesGovernment troops in southern Palawan on Sunday brought humanitarian aid to tribal communities affected by military operations against the New People’s Army (NPA).

Captain Wanel Ansa, environment management and civil military officer of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-4 (MBLT-4), said Monday that the “All-in-One Outreach Program” benefited more than 400 Pala’wan indigenous peoples (IPs) in Sitio Kamantian, Barangay Samariñana, Brooke’s Point, southern Palawan. Continue reading

Bryde’s whale washed ashore in El Nido, Palawan

A Bryde’s whale was found beached on the shores of Sitio Gitan, Sibaltan in El Nido, Palawan on Sunday.

The whale was 13 meters long and bore wounds.

Local authorities said they tried to coax the whale to go back to sea but it eventually died.

Residents flocked to the beach and marveled at the huge whale.

They said it was the first time a Bryde’s whale washed ashore here.

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DOH to feed 100 undernourished children in MIMAROPA

DOH-MIMAROPA staff and parents of preschoolers from various municipalities of Sta Cruz, Marinduque during the opening of the "Opla Kain Sigla" feeding program on August 7, 2017. (DOH-MIMAROPA / MANILA BULLETIN)Some 100 undernourished children in every province in MIMAROPA (Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) would be fed by the Department of Health (DOH) for 90 days under the “Oplan Kain Sigla Program.”

The DOH-MIMAROPA, which has started another round of “Eat to Nourish Approach” feeding package, is targeting 520 preschool children in the five provinces of the region. Continue reading

DoE renews push to tap Malampaya funds

The Department of Energy (DoE) has renewed a bid to use royalty payments from the Malampaya gas-to-power facility to bring down electricity rates.

Since he assumed the Cabinet post last year, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has been calling on Congress to pass a bill on investing Malampaya funds in energy resource and infrastructure development initiatives. 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

Mimaropa to choose undernourished kids for feeding program

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Mimaropa identified over 100 undernourished preschool children in each province comprising the region to be the recipients of its “Oplan Kain Sigla Program” as they started another round of “Eat to Nourish Approach” feeding package.

Mimaropa is composed of the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

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Lawyer handling drug cases shot dead in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—A lawyer handling high-profile and controversial cases in Palawan province was shot and killed by a lone gunman here on Tuesday, police said.

Witnesses said the victim, Hermie Aban, 41, had just left his house on his motorcycle when he was attacked by the gunman, who was on another motorcycle, at 8:30 a.m. in Barangay Bancao-Bancao. Continue reading

China ships massing near Pag-asa sandbars?

MANILA, Philippines – China is massing Navy and Coast Guard ships near Pag-asa Island in Palawan, which is occupied by a few hundred Filipino soldiers and civilians, Rep. Gary Alejano of party-list group Magdalo said yesterday.

“I received information from my sources in the military stating that since three days ago, China has deployed two frigates, one Coast Guard vessel and two large fishing vessels, with their maritime militia, one to three nautical miles north of Pag-asa Island,” Alejano, a former Marine captain, said. Continue reading

Japanese man pleads not guilty in Palawan ‘chop-chop’ case

A 56-year-old Japanese man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to murder charges filed against him over the alleged slayings of his two compatriots in May in the province of Palawan.

Hiroyuki Nagahama, who hails from Osaka city in western Japan, entered the plea during his arraignment at the Regional Trial Court of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City, Branch 49. Continue reading

3 NPA suspects nabbed in Northern Palawan after encounter with cops

Three suspected New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents have been arrested Friday afternoon following a morning firefight with the police that lasted nearly an hour in the northern Palawan town of Taytay.

One of the three is reportedly wounded, but Palawan Police Provincial Office (PPO) Director Gabriel Lopez did not confirm this to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an early Saturday morning call. Continue reading

Palawan’s social integration program helps 11 rebel returnees

Eleven rebel returnees each received financial assistance of PHP15,000 from the Palawan provincial government late Friday afternoon under the comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (LSIP).

Governor Jose Alvarez personally awarded the checks, with a total amount of PHP165,000, to the former members of the New People’s Army’ (NPA) Bienvenido Vallever Command (BVC) in the province. 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

NEA ordered to report on frequent power outage in Palawan island

Image result for palecoTHE National Electrification Administration (NEA) was given until Friday, August 11, to submit a report on the frequent power outages in Palawan.

Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy, ordered the NEA to conduct its investigation and submit its findings and recommendations to the committee.

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Navy frigate apprehends Vietnamese fishing boat in Palawan

Navy frigate apprehends Vietnamese fishing boat in PalawanA Philippine Navy (PN) frigate apprehended a Vietnamese fishing vessel with 10 crewmen and around 70 pieces of slaughtered unidentified shark species in the territorial waters of northern Palawan, Tuesday.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Elizer Salilig said late Wednesday afternoon that Vietnamese vessel Hoa Huong was apprehended by the PN frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) at 9:48 a.m. 20 nautical miles off the Malampaya platform and 32 nautical miles off Tapiutan Island, Bacuit Bay in the town of El Nido. Continue reading