Brother Philippines renews commitment

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The young girls and boys of Inigan Elementary have been a constant source of inspiration for Brother Philippines.

Last December 8, 2016, Brother Philippines once again renewed its support for the Inigan community this December 2016 with a fresh supply of ICT tools and school necessities, as well as a Lakbay Aral trip to the Museo Pambata and Fort Santiago for a day of fun and learning with the company’s employees. Continue reading

The Philippines Tourism Board has a slogan.

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In my opinion, yes. Not only were the visuals stunning, but I really did just have a ton of fun. You just get a vibe there that puts a smile on your face. The people are so laid back and friendly.

Combine that with an enormous offering of experiences and natural beauty make it like no other tourism destination in the world. Snorkeling in the clearest of water. kayaking in secluded coves…to me, it really was more fun in the Philippines. 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

Applying ICT in agriculture

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By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.2 billion, which will require food production to be increased by about 60 percent. This is no easy task.

With arable lands shrinking due to urbanization and climate change presenting numerous challenges to produce food from existing farms, there is a need to cascade proven technologies in farming and fishing communities, especially those with small holdings, to increase yield and incomes. Continue reading

Singapore willing to contribute to Philippines’ infrastructure, urban planning, and ICT

Singapore President Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam – on Thursday, December 15, at the Banquet Hall of Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore – said Philippines and Singapore enjoy a robust friendship “anchored in a shared vision of peace, harmony, and prosperity for our countries and the region.” Continue reading

Palawan fishermen prepare for reef fishing open season

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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

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

LOOK: ‘Santa’ docks in Palawan on handmade boat

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This American, who sometimes dresses up as Santa Claus to minister to children, is on a mission to sail around the world using only his handmade boat.

Jonathan Selby has been travelling by boat for two years now, trying to get back to home to America. In his every stop, he teaches kids some Christian songs and shares the gospel with them.

He started sailing in 2014 and has been to Singapore, Manila, Leyte, Boracay and Mindoro. His boat is currently docked in Dumaran, Palawan. Continue reading

ARMM shares how it delivers efficient government services via ICT

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The local government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held its first ICT Summit last Monday (5 December 2016).

According to the Philippine News Agency, Abdelnur Campong, Chief of ARMM governors ICT office, shared at the event that the region now has better ICT. Before 2011, there were no efforts in establishing ICT in the regional

government. Continue reading

Home » Video El Nido, Palawan Awarded As One Of TripAdvisors ‘Travelers’ Choice Destination on the Rise’

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TripAdvisor recently released a list of “Travelers’ Choice Destination on the Rise” and many were not surprised when El Nido Island in Palawan made it to the list. The island is famed for its sandy-white beaches and coral reefs and has become a favorite tourist spot for locals and foreigners alike.

Tourism Secretary, Wanda Corazon Teo, said in a statement to Manila Bulletin:  “We are very happy with the recognition of El Nido as a destination on the rise, especially as this is based on the unbiased reviews and opinions submitted by Trip Advisor users all over the world.” Continue reading

ICT sector needs ‘to step up’

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WHILE the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has matured and diversified, an official from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) challenged the industry to step up with the competition in terms of labor quality and cost within Southeast Asia. CanCham president Julian Payne, in an interview on Wednesday, said the Philippines benefits from its competitive advantage (cheap labor cost, excellent English communication skills, work culture, and time-zone advantage) in luring more multi-national ICT companies. Continue reading

Globe to propel ICT adoption with new Davao data center

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Globe Business’s new Davao Data Center is set to shake up Davao City’s ICT industry in the Philippines, and the company says it will help the economy’s upward trajectory next year.

Globe Telecom, a telecommunications provider in the Philippines, will build the Davao data center in the first quarter of 2017 to service Davao businesses, as well as those in Luzon and Visayas.

The company says it is committed to spread ICT adoption across the country, as it aims to help enable a ‘digital nation’. Continue reading

DENR refutes alleged illegal mining operation in Palawan

kThe environment department’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Region IV-B refutes allegations by an NGO against the alleged continuing operations of a mining firm.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – Contrary to the claim of a non-governmental organization, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Region IV-B (DENR-MGB 4B) said that the alleged illegal mining operation in Sofronio Española town is part of a mining firm’s rehabilitation of a mined-out area. Continue reading

Palawan’s natural assets to undergo recreational services accounting

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PRISTINE BEACH. A beach in San Vicente town, Palawan. Photo from Keith Anthony Fabro

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – White sand beaches, towering limestone cliffs, lush forests, and incredible diving sites are just a few of the images associated with Palawan. This paradise-like island province has lots of breathtaking natural attractions to offer, making it one of the top choices for both domestic and foreign tourists.

But how much does it really contribute to the Philippine economy? Continue reading

Palawan mining firm operating despite suspension order, says NGO

2However, the firm, Citinickel Mining and Development, says they are doing rehabilitation activities, not mining operations .

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – A mining company in Sofronio Española town is still operating even under suspension order, a non-government organization here alleged, but the company says they are actually rehabilitating the area. Continue reading

Philippine Home of Pangolin and Indigenous Tribe Wins Protection

1An island wildlife paradise that is home to a tribe of hunter-gatherers, the most trafficked mammal in the world gained new protections today.

Today it was announced that 101,766 acres of forestland on the island of Palawan in the Philippines will be protected, helping to save the most trafficked mammal in the world — the pangolin — as well as the last 200–300 members of the indigenous Batak tribe. Continue reading

Infra spending, tourism to drive rapid PHL growth, Diokno says

1“We intend for P8.2 to P9 trillion (to be spent in) the next six years. That’s approximately $200 billion,” said Mr. Diokno in a news conference yesterday, referring to public infrastructure spending.

Some P861 billion will be allocated for infrastructure spending next year, according to the budget for 2017 that has been submitted to Congress, and will be presented in a bicameral meeting today, according to Mr. Diokno. Continue reading

A brewhouse on an island: How two women are shaping the craft beer culture of Palawan

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Along Manalo street in Puerto Princesa sits a small brewhouse claiming to be the first in the ultra-tropical island of Palawan. It’s an unexpected watering hole in a paradise best known for gorgeous beaches and secluded coves, but hey, people always find their way to good beer… even if it’s a boat or plane ride away.  Continue reading

Coron Soleil Garden Resort: The Sun Jewel of Palawan

2Coron in Palawan lies like a jewel in the midst of the sea. Fresh and vibrant, this first-class municipality in the eastern part of Busuanga is said to be the Island Hopping Capital of the Philippines, as it connects travelers to other islands in the area. With each island being different from the other, a visit to each one is an adventure by itself. Enticed by such a promise of exploration and discovery, travelers set off for Coron. But working out their itinerary by themselves can be time consuming and run counter to the purpose of their visit. Continue reading