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

Govt bares goal to revive oil and gas exploration

Image result for oil and gas explorationThe 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

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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Lawmakers want to declare Pag-asa island cluster as special ecological tourism zone

A aerial photo of the Philippine-claimed Pag-asa Island, also known as Thitu Island. (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)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

Solon wants Palawan 3rd District declared as ‘mining-free zone’

Image result for Palawan 3rd District 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

DTI ‘Mentor ME’ program to support more small firms in Palawan

The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) second round of “Kapatid Mentor ME” (KMME) program aims to support more small business owners here in partnership with the Office of the 3rd Palawan District and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo (PCE-GN).

Jointly launched here on Friday, the Kapatid Mentor Micro Entrepreneurs (ME) or KMME program welcomed in the event 150 micro- and small-enterprises (MSEs) from the 3rd Palawan District represented in the Lower House by Rep. Gil Acosta, and two other districts of the province . Continue reading

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

Palawan farmers need add’l post-harvest facilities: NFA

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan– The National Food Authority (NFA) here said that Palawan farmers need additional post-harvest facilities to meet the demand for rice grains on time during the lean months and to achieve reasonable prices for them.

Ferlita Ancheta, officer-in-charge of the NFA in Palawan, said farmers need post-harvest drying facilities that would lessen grain moisture content to a safe level for storing. Continue reading

Palawan LGU says no one told them about Nickelodeon underwater theme park

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

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

Roxaco to develop 87 hectares in Palawan

Roxaco Land Corp., the property development arm of Roxas and Company Inc., signed a joint venture agreement with the Sandoval family to develop an 87-hectare property in Busuanga, Palawan into a master planned resort estate.

RCI chairman Pedro E. Roxas said in a recent interview the project called Sananda Bay would be implemented in phases and would target various segments of the market including local tourists, business travelers and foreign visitors looking for quality resorts in Palawan. 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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Fil-Chinese capitalists eyeing investments in Palawan

A group of Filipino-Chinese businessmen is looking at the possibility of venturing in fish port and water system development projects in this city, and tourism investments in the northern town of San Vicente because of their competitive advantages compared to other areas in the country.

Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) vice president Mary Go Ng said their interest was kindled by a presentation Tuesday night of an interesting development master plan made by Palafox Associates. Continue reading

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

Six of the best AirBnBs in Palawan: From ultra budget to ultra luxury

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 PalawanContinue 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

DMCI Power earns P228 M in first half

Image result for DMCI PowerDMCI Power Corporation (DPC), the off-grid energy unit of diversified engineering conglomerate DMCI Holdings, reported a first semester net income of P228 million, a 5 percent dip from P240 million during the same period last year.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the firm said it posted a slight decline in earnings following the expiration of its income tax holiday for its Masbate operations in September 2016. Continue reading

P25-B discrepancy in Malampaya Fund

It seems that the multibillion-peso Malampaya Fund will never be free of controversy. Four years ago, former president Gloria
Arroyo and her top officials were charged with plunder for the reported diversion of P900 million in Malampaya money meant for typhoon victims to bogus foundations of alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

The Sandiganbayan, meanwhile, is trying local officials implicated in the questionable implementation of infrastructure projects funded by the Palawan government’s share of royalties from the Malampaya gas field. Continue reading

Environmental ‘politics’ hurting Palawan : 25-year-old law failed to protect Palawan from destructive development projects

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

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