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18 rebel returnees receive financial aid from Palawan government

By Jesus M. Ustares [(PNA), JMC/CARF/JMU/EBP]

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Oct. 8 (PNA) -- Around 18 rebel returnees received financial assistance from the Palawan provincial government under the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) this year.

This was confirmed Wednesday by Abigail Ablaña, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to the Philippine News Agency.

Ablaña said that since 2014 when the LSIP was opened, 16 rebel returnees have benefited with two early in the year.

Before they received PHP25,000 as financial help, she said each of the returnees underwent thorough background investigation by the Western Command to ensure that their intention to return to government fold is sincere, and that they were once members of the leftist movement New People’s Army (NPA).

Ablaña said the LSIP aims to further encouraged members of the leftist movement to rejoin the government fold; to assure them that with the financial help, they can live life with fresh opportunities.

In 2016, she stated that the PSWDO allocated PHP2-million for rebel returnees – a move that is well-supported by Governor Jose Alvarez.

Rainy Thursday for Visayas, parts of Mindanao, Palawan


Affected areas in Mindanao are Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao region, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga, says PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – Expect light to moderate rains in the entire Visayas, Palawan province, and several parts of Mindanao on Thursday, October 8, says the country's weather bureau.

The parts of Mindanao to be affected by downcast weather are Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao region, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga, says the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Isolated thunderstorms and cloudy skies are also likely in these areas on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the rest of country is in for isolated thunderstorms and partly cloudy to cloudy skies.

Northern Luzon and the eastern section of the country should brace for moderate to strong winds from the northeast and southwest on Thursday. Waters in these areas will thus be moderate to rough.

The rest of the country will experience only light to moderate winds leading to calmer ocean waters.

Environmentalists want House to expand Nipas Act

By Jovee Marie de la Cruz

ENVIRONMENTALISTS on Tuesday urged the leadership of the House of Representatives to pass the measure expanding and strengthening the 23-year-old National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) Act.

Environmentalists in the province of Palawan, led by former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn, said his group is giving its “united and unequivocal support” for the early passage of the “original” House Bill (HB) 6141 approved by the Committee on Natural Resources.

Environmentalist Sen. Loren Legarda also urged the House committee, headed by Liberal Party Rep. Francisco T. Matugas of Surigao del Norte, to fast-track the approval of the House’s counterpart version of the new Nipas.

The consideration of HB 6141 for plenary approval, however, was snagged when Nationalist People’s Coalition Rep. Douglas S. Hagedorn discovered and disputed the exclusion of Palawan’s protected areas.

Hagedorn said the deletion was anomalous, coming as it did after the committee’s approval of the bill.

In requesting the exclusion, Gov. Jose Alvarez and National Unity Party Rep. Franz Alvarez of Palawan asserted that Palawan does not need to be in the Nipas, as the province already has its own Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) under Republic Act (RA) 7611.

Hagedorn said, “Palawan’s inclusion is beneficial to Palawan. The New Nipas is a double-protection for the province’s ecologically critical sites. It will support the SEP, while preventing the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development from the danger of falling into a ‘regulatory capture’ by vested interests.”

“We believe that the Nipas law complements the SEP of Palawan [RA 7611], because both laws recognize the need to conserve biodiversity. We, therefore, urge the House of Representatives to pass HB 6141, including all of Palawan’s protected areas in the Nipas, without further delay,” Hagedorn said.

Pro-environment advocates backing the passage of the measure include environmental lawyer Tony Oposa, Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN, Sonia Mendoza of Mother Earth, Gerthie Anda of Environment Legal Assistance Center, Gerry Arances of Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Dante Lagman of Sanlakas, Isagani Serrano of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Voltaire Alferez of the Philippines Earth Day Network, Cynthia Sumagaysay of Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy, Jhunette Buenviaje of Greenpeace, Anne Larracas of Global Alliance of Incinerator Alternatives, Thony Dizon of Ecowaste Coalition and many others.

Palawan has 17 “key biodiversity areas” consisting of terrestrial and marine areas.

Hagedorn said the immediate passage of HB 6141 in its original form has become “urgent” and “imperative,” citing the “PCSD [Palawan Council for Sustainable Development] 2015 State of Palawan Environment Report” showing that coral reefs in the province in “excellent condition” has dropped to 2.1 percent compared to 3.7 percent 10 years ago.

Aside from creating “buffer zones” in protected areas and banning mining and all forms of “extractive activities” inside them, the new and expanded Nipas imposes “stiffer penalties” on violators to include imprisonment, the lawmaker added.

“Lastly, the Nipas law reaffirms our country’s international commitment to environmental protection, conservation and development of natural resources,” Hagedorn said.

Malampaya begins gas production for new platform


MANILA, Oct. 5 (PNA) -- The new platform of the Malampaya power station, which costs US$ 1 billion, has started to produce its gas supply to three power plants of the Luzon grid.

In a statement Monday, Shell Philippines Exploration, B.V. said the new locally assembled platform will continue to power a third of homes and businesses in the country.

The platform will enhance the capability of the consortium to continue on supplying the three natural gas fired power plants of the country until 2024, namely Sta. Rita, San Lorenzo and Ilijan.

The new depletion compression platform is adjacent to the existing Malampaya Shallow Water Platform, located some 50km offshore from Palawan in western Philippines. It was installed by 1,400 Filipino workers in two years at the Keppel Shipyard in Subic, Zambales.

The self installing platform is a first of its kind in the country.

Energy officer-in-charge (OIC) secretary Zenaida Monsada said in a speech Monday during the platform inauguration held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel that "the power station contributes about 2,700 megawatts (MW) of power to the Luzon grid."

She added the government had bagged PhP219 billion as part of the government's share in the consortium.

Aside from the platform inauguration, the Malampaya consortium is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Service Contract 38, where the Malampaya well was discovered. It was signed during the term of former President Corazon Aquino on December 1990.

SPEX B.V. managing director Sebastian Quiniones said “Malampaya is a symbol of the country’s continuous journey towards energy self-sufficiency. The commissioning and startup of its latest phase is a testament to what the Filipino workforce can achieve to fuel the country’s growth and progress."

The Malampaya consortium is composed of SPEX B.V., Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI) and Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC).

Residents in Bataraza, Palawan experienced low-intensity seismic activity


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Oct. 4 (PNA) -- Residents of the town of Bataraza in southern Palawan swore over the weekend that they experienced the earth below them shake for three to five seconds, and caused them to run out of their homes and offices.

No one was reported hurt, according to Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) Chief Marlene Gamo, but the earthquake-like movement of the ground made residents fearful to go back to their homes immediately.

Gamo said residents of Barangay Marangas, Bataraza were shocked by what they felt, unbelieving that an earthquake was taking place.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-MIMAROPA’s municipal roving officer Marcial Deloso of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), who was at his office in Marangas, swore too, that the ground shook under his feet and he got scared.

He narrated that on Friday, at around 5 p.m., while everyone was busy, the ground shook for about five seconds. People came out running of their homes and offices, and returned only after a while.

Former Bataraza mayor, and now Board Member Abraham Ibba, also attested that he too, felt the ground shaking for three to five seconds at his home.

Table glasses, appliances, and other objects at his home, also shook during the brief shaking.

Employees at the municipal government office also had to rush out for fear that there was indeed an earthquake.

He said someone, who is an expert on earthquake incidents might be able to explain to them what happened since he doesn’t know of any underwater volcano in Bataraza.

Bataraza is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan. It was named after Datu Bataraza Narrazid, a locally influential Muslim chieftain and father of the town's first mayor and former mayor of Brooke's Point.

According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 63,644 people. Main industries of Bataraza includes farming, fishing, and nickel mining and processing.

DENR to hold forums on Southern Palawan's ecological wealth


MANILA, Oct. 3 (PNA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in collaboration with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), World Bank, and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) will hold consultation forums with stakeholders to discuss the ecological wealth of Southern Palawan on October 5 and 6, 2015.

The consultation forums are activities under the Philippine Wealth Accounting for the Valuation of Ecosystems Services (WAVES) or Phil-WAVES program, a global partnership that promotes sustainable development through the implementation of comprehensive wealth accounting and ecosystem accounting.

Southern Palawan was chosen as Phil-WAVES pilot site due to competing demands on its natural capital, which includes minerals, biodiversity, rich fishing grounds, and extensive coastal and marine ecosystem. It is also home to indigenous tribes and three large protected areas.

According to the DENR, the findings of the ecosystem accounts would enable both policy-makers and stakeholders to come up with informed policies and decisions based on generated data regarding the monetary values of natural capital and ecosystem services.

The program and initial key findings would be disseminated in two separate forums, one each for the provincial and municipal levels.

The provincial forum will be held on Monday, October 5, at the Provincial Capitol in Puerto Princesa City. It will be attended by officials of the provincial government and six adjacent local government units, DENR field officers and representatives from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

Stakeholder representatives from different sectors, such as resort owners, mining industries, religious, academe and the media are also expected to attend.

A similar forum will be held at the municipality of Sofronio Española in Southern Palawan on Tuesday, October 6. The participants include town and barangay officials, peoples and non-government organizations, the academe and media.

Technical experts from the DENR and its attached agencies, the PCSD and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority or NAMRIA, will join World Bank experts in discussing key findings of various ecosystems studies conducted in the area.

These include status of the forest cover and potentials as carbon sink; importance of water supply to crop production, and the coral reef extent and condition.

The Philippines is one of the eight countries under the World Bank WAVES program, which focuses on the value of natural capital and integration of ecosystem accounting in more conventional development planning analysis. Aside from the Philippines, WAVES is also being implemented in Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar and Rwanda.

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.

Some important personalities from the government, business and other private sectors are expected to grace the inaugural event.

Under its growth plans, D. Arnold A. Cabangon, the company president, said Fortune Life will provide Palawan and its various islands, attractive and affordable insurance products for the benefit of the Palawan islanders.

The Makati-based Fortune Life Insurance Co., a major player in the country’s insurance industry, is dedicated to helping Filipinos achieve their financial goals through various comprehensive and innovative solutions. To date, it has 1,750 agents and branches along 42 key areas throughout the Philippines.

For over 30 years, Fortune Life continues to stand by its commitment of “Securing Your Tomorrow Today.”

Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, heads the company board of directors as chairman emeritus and founder. D. Alfred A. Cabangon, chairman of the board; D. Arnold A. Cabangon, vice chairman and president; J. Antonio A. Cabangon Jr., treasurer; Dr. Roberto B. Abat, lawyer Socrates M. Arevalo, Evelyn T. Carada, Juan P. Dayang, Francisco V. Enrile II, Loretta C. Galang, Gen. Thomas P. Manlongat, Benjamin V. Ramos, Dr. Ramon L. Sin, Rowena May R. Sullano and Gerardo M. Teruel, board members.

DOE grants Force Majeure for Service Contract 75

By Juzel L. Danganan [(PNA), LGI/BNB/JLD/EDS]

MANILA, Oct. 1 (PNA) -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has granted the Force Majeure for Service Contract 75, which is located in the northwestern Palawan Basin.

In a disclosure from the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday, Philex Petroleum said "all exploration work at SC75 shall be immediately suspended effective from the end of its first sub-phase on Dec. 27, 2015 until the date the DOE notifies the company to resume petroleum-related activities."

The company added the second sub-phase of SC75 will be put on hold until further notice. It will extend the term of sub-phase 2.

No reason was provided, but the certain service contract is near the other service contracts that are also under force majeure due to the territorial dispute with China. It includes SC 58 and 72.

Philex Petroleum has the majority interest in the field at 50 percent, while the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) has a 35-percent stake and PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (PERC) has a 15-percent.

Pag-asa mayor pitches eco-tourism to Pinoys in US


MANILA, Philippines -- Mayor Eugenio Bito-Onon of Pag-asa Island, Palawan made a pitch for eco-tourism as a means to give his constituents sustainable livelihood opportunities while preserving the environment of the West Philippine Sea outpost during a forum with members of the Filipino community in New York earlier this month.

The September 19 forum, hosted by Philippine Consul General Mario De Leon Jr., saw Filipino community leaders from Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania affiliated with the US Pinoys for Good Governance and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations voice support for Bito-on's proposal.

Typhoon ‘Jenny’ leaves PH but ‘habagat’ continues to affect Luzon

By Frances Mangosing / RC 6:15 pm

While Typhoon “Jenny” (international name: Dujuan) has left the Philippine area of responsibility, the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat will continue to affect the western section of Luzon, according to the state weather bureau.

“Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over the provinces of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro, and Palawan,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Tuesday afternoon.

In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, there will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms.

At 4:23 p.m., Pagasa issued a thunderstorm advisory in Metro Manila (Muntinlupa, Las Piñas), Laguna (Kalayaan, Paete, Alaminos, Alaminos, Kalayaan, Paete), and Rizal (Pililla).

Thunderstorms are expected to hit these areas in the next two hours.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from southwest to south would prevail over the entire country, Pagasa said.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Airport construction in 2 Palawan towns completed n early 2016

By Jesus M. Ustares [(PNA), CTB/CARF/JMU/EDS]

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Sept. 28 (PNA) -- Two airports that are currently being constructed in the towns of Agutaya and Cagayancillo will be finished by early 2016, according to the Infrastructure Program Office (IPO) of the Palawan government’s IHELP.

Engineer Saylito Purisima of the Provincial Engineering Office, and head of the IPO, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) over the weekend that once the airports in the two towns are completed, they will not only provide support for disaster risk reduction management activities but also increase economic opportunities for residents.

Purisima said that as of current, the airport construction in Agutaya has accomplished 20%. Its cost is around PHP12-million and the fund came from the provincial government in close cooperation with the religious organization New Tribes Mission (NTM)

The airport in Cagayancillo, on the other hand, received a funding of PHP5-million from the NTM also in partnership with the provincial government.

For the two airports, PHP50-million are currently being spent to ensure their completion by the first quarter of 2016.

The speed of construction, he explained, is because the provincial and municipal governments now have heavy equipment to use.

“Mabilis ang konstruksyon ng mga paliparan dahil wala ng problema ang provincial government sa heavy equipment (Construction of the airports are fast because the provincial government no longer has problems in availability of heavy equipment),” he said.

Ford arrives in Puerto Princesa

(Philippines Daily Inquirer)

FORD Palawan or Palawan Business Ventures, Inc., a subsidiary of the Autohub Group of Companies headed by WilLy Q. Tee Ten, recently opened its showroom in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Palawan Business Ventures is being represented by Efren and Jackie Chua.

Ford Palawan joins the dealership network in the WQT group, operating alongside Ford Global City, Ford Manila, Ford Davao, Ford Cagayan de Oro, Ford Bohol, Ford General Santos, and Ford Zamboanga.

“I would like to thank Ford Group Philippines headed by Ms. Kay Hart for the support in our vision to give every Filipino a chance to experience the brand that has conquered the world for over a hundred years,” said Willy Tee Ten, president of the Autohub Group.

The dealership is located along North National Highway, San Jose, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, with contact numbers (048) 433-03333 and (0998) 868-6849/(0917) 555-5859.

“I am very proud of this milestone for the Ford PaLawan team, and I am more than honored to bring in the very first North American brand of cars in the city that I’ve called home for the past 39 years. I believe this city is ready for an upgrade,”, said Efren Chua, Ford Palawan stockholder/business partner.

As an introductory treat to Palawenos, Ford Palawan is offering all-in low down payment promos on the Focus, Fiesta, Ecosport, Escape, and Explorer. As new models of the Ranger and the Everest come in, Ford

Palawan is giving special all-in promos to fit their customer’s budget. On top of this, it is giving out limited edition Ford jackets to the first few clients who finalize a purchase in the dealership from Sept. 16 to 30.

For more information, visit or follow Ford Palawan on Facebook for updates on their Latest promos and events.

Wanted: Doctors for Palawan's islands

By Chi Laigo Vallido (

Of the 7,100 islands in the Philippines, 1,700 are in Palawan. The province has many geographically-isolated areas that health workers are unable to reach.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – The laughter of women and mothers with their children and babies in tow filled the gymnasium of Barangay Alimanguan in San Vicente – a small town of about 34,000 residents in the province of Palawan, and a good 4-hour drive from the capital city Puerto Princesa.

The topic that brought the house down? Myths and misconceptions on various methods of family planning, both natural and artificial. Dr Ronaldo “Jingle” Santos, an obstetrician-gynecologist from the FEU-Nicanor Reyes Memorial Medical Center and Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital, was answering questions as well on reproductive health.

“Ngayon lang yata may pumuntang doktor sa amin para magturo ng family planning,” barangay chairperson Elena Tan said. (I think this is the first time that a doctor has come to our place to teach family planning).

Amid the laughter, however, a 23-year-old woman sat quietly in a corner. She waited until the community seminar was finished so that she could talk to Dr Santos privately. Almost a month after her miscarriage, she was still experiencing bleeding, she said.

Dr Santos wanted to examine her, but the health center just across the street from the gymnasium was closed on a Saturday and the midwife who lives in Puerto Princesa had gone home for the weekend. The nearest hospital was 3 hours away.

So they used the desks at the barangay hall to form a makeshift bed. The clean curtains were used as beddings. During examination, Dr Santos discovered there was a small cyst in the young woman's uterus.

Not enough doctors

The Department of Health (DOH) admits that the country suffers from a shortage of physicians. The ideal doctor-to-patient ratio is 1:1,000. To achieve this, DOH says that the country needs an additional 30,000 doctors.

DOH says that the shortage of doctors is more pronounced in remote areas, where one doctor could be serving 33,000 people. The presence of specialist doctors – cardiologists, ob-gyne, pediatricians, oncologists, for example – is a different need altogether.

Maternal mortality – or the number of mothers dying due to pregnancy and child birth complications – remains high with 14-15 mothers dying every day. Palawan has among the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. Of the 7,100 islands in the Philippines, 1,700 are in Palawan. This means that the province has many geographically isolated areas that contribute to the poor reproductive health status of residents.

There are 20 obstetrician-gynecologists in Palawan, but only 5 are government staff or serve in public health institutions or hospitals. Majority of specialists are based in the provincial capital of Puerto Princesa.

Maldistribution of health workers

There is a shortage of health workers overall and not just physicians. Aside from shortage, there is an inequitable distribution of health workers across the regions. Data from the DOH and the National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB) show that the National Capital Region (NCR), Region IV-A (Calabarzon), and Region III (Central Luzon) enjoy the highest concentration of government health professionals.

According to DOH data for 2008 and 2009, 22% of all public health physicians are in NCR, while 2.8% are in Region IV-B or Mimaropa, where Palawan is. Next to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanap, Mimaropa has the least number of public health professionals, with 3% of all government midwives and nurses working in the region.

San Vicente, Palawan, has two doctors from the Municipal Health Office for their 34,000 residents. But San Vicente is luckier than many municipalities of the province since the local government invested in new equipment and improved their Rural Health Unit to be capable of addressing Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care. They also have a standby vehicle to transport patients to Puerto Princesa for complicated medical procedures.

Dr Mary Ann Navarro, officer in charge of the Provincial Health Office, says that there are many remote and isolated areas in Palawan that take hours to reach and are accessible only by foot.

Rural health units and health centers across the country are faced with many reproductive health-related cases. These include pre- and post-natal care, child deliveries, infant child and nutrition (including vaccination), treatment of sexually transmitted infection, childbirth complications, and family planning.

The challenge of devolution

Under the devolved set-up of government, local government units (LGUs) are faced with the challenge to provide basic services to the people, and this means hiring the appropriate number of health workers to serve their constituency.

But not all LGUs are able to hire enough health workers due to their low internal revenue allocation. Apparently, the funds are not enough for some even if LGUs are mandated to spend at least 30% of their IRA on public health care.

A huge window of hope to improve the health system and services is the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RPRH Law), which was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court (SC) in April 2014.

Under the law, the DOH is mandated to assist LGUs in improving their RH services, including support for the provision of family planning commodities, mobile health clinics which is useful for hard to reach areas, facilities enhancements and health worker complement among others.

But the new law is still at its birthing stage and experiencing complications in implementation. Most recently, the SC issued a temporary restraining order on the provision of implants, a family planning method that gives women up to 3 years of protection from pregnancy and is safe for breastfeeding mothers.

Many LGU heads are also resisting the new law. Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee, for example, issued an executive order declaring her city as pro-life. The effect of the EO on the delivery of RH services is yet to be determined by the DOH.

With the national elections just around the corner, the new administration will inherit the current state of health of the country. While the Aquino government has increased the budget for health by 5 times from the previous administration, many health indicators still show that the next administration should do better.

For starters, the next government should look into the health service human resources of the country.

Severe Tropical Storm “Jenny” intensifies; to exit Monday


TROPICAL Storm “Jenny” with international name “Dujuan” continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” that affects Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.

At 4:00pm, the eye of the Typhoon was at 1,010 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

It is forecast to move northwest at 9 kph.

No public storm-warning signal has been raised in any part of the country and “Jenny” is not likely to make landfall in any part of the country. It is expected to exit Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday night and head towards Northern Taiwan.

For Saturday forecast, Monsoon rains that may trigger flash floods and landslides will be experienced in Palawan, Western Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected over CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol region and the rest of Visayas and of Mindanao. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to west will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest over Visayas and Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Southern Luzon, particularly in Bicol region, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Marinduque will be cloudy with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northwest to West will prevail, with moderate to rough seas.

Mindanao will experience monsoon rains, which could trigger flash floods. Landslides will be experienced in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

The rest of Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

As of 5pm, strong to gale force winds are expected to affect the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, of Visayas and Mindanao.

DSWD sets release of delayed 4P’S grant next week in Palawan


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Sept. 24 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Palawan is set to release the delayed government financial grant under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to its thousands of beneficiaries in the province starting next week.

Gerald Bediores, officer-in-charge of the 4Ps in the province, said Wednesday that the release is for beneficiaries who have not received their grants last March and April, adding that the May and June financial aid are still being processed.

He said that on September 28, beneficiaries from Busuanga and Coron will receive their assistance, while on September 29 those from Aborlan, Agutaya, Culion, Cuyo, Magsaysay, Narra, Roxas, Linapacan and Puerto Princesa City.

On October 5, beneficiaries from Brooke’s Point, Quezon and Sofronio Española will get their aid, and on October 6 those from Dumaran and Taytay.

On October 13, beneficiaries from Araceli and San Vicente; and October 20 from El Nido.

Bediores said that towns that are not on the list will have to wait for their schedules.

“The delay was caused by the change of conduit by the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP),” she said.

Gecko causes hours-long blackout in Palawan

By Chinee Palatino (ABS-CBN News)

PALAWAN - At around 8:55 PM, September 21, 2015, residents of Puerto Princesa City and Southern Palawan municipalities experienced an unscheduled total blackout. Small establishments around the Puerto Princesa Baywalk had to close early due to the power interruption.

The reason for the total blackout was initially unknown.

At around 9:45 PM, the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) started restoring power. But at around 10 PM, one of the generators of PPGI - one of PALECO's independent power provider tripped.

Power was fully restored in Puerto Princesa at around 11:30PM. Power restoration in Southern Municipalities was completed at around 12:30AM of September 22nd.

The Palawan Electric Cooperative, through their Facebook page, announced that according to the National Power Corporation, the reason for the total blackout was a short circuited gecko in the 69KV bus line of NPC in Baranagy Irawan,Puerto Princesa.

This was not the first time that a power interruption in Palawan was caused by a gecko.

Brooke’s Point coconut farmers receive financial aid from PCA

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso [(PNA), FFC/BNB/CARF/EBP]

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Sept. 22 (PNA) -- Coconut farmers in six barangays in the southern Palawan town of Brooke’s Point received incentives from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMA).

According to the Municipal Information Office (MIO), the distribution of checks for the coconut farmers totaled PHP97,600 for 25 families, a few of them belonging to the province's indigenous community.

The fund is from the PCA’s Participatory Coconut Planting Project (PCPP) that gives incentives to farmers of PHP18 per new coconut tree planted and PHP22 per tree, having a total amount of PHP40 per tree.

Brooke’s Point is a coconut center, and the PCA expects the project to expand with the support from the provincial and the municipal governments.

The PCPP is a national coconut planting program that uses open pollinated varieties (OPVs) in identified idle open areas suitable for coconut planting, and in area where senile coconut trees are cut in accordance with the implementation of Republic Act 8048.

Over PHP800 million have been allotted by the PCA to its planting, replanting and fertilization programs which includes the PCPP.

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