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Palawan gov't marks International Women’s Month with cow-girl inspired parade
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
- By Celeste Anna R. Formos [(PNA), CTB/CARF/PJN]
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, March 8 (PNA) -- Officials and personnel of Palawan's local government marked the celebration of International Women’s Month on Saturday, attired with multicolored cow-girl inspired outfits for the parade, signifying they can ride through any challenges before them as employees serving the public for the province’s development and progress.
Provincial Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point Norma Arrieta, also the officer-in-charge of the Provincial Budget Office (PBO), said they picked the theme as hats and cowboy boots are iconic of strength and vigor, and never go out of style in fashion.
The occasion themed, “Juana, ang tatag mo ay tatag natin sa pagbangon at pagsulong,” which literally mean in Filipino, “Juana, your strength is our strength and progress and development,” said the women employees of the provincial capitol that started the celebration by attending a concelebrated Holy Mass officiated by three prelates.
The parade immediately followed, taking the women employees in their cow-girl attires outside the Capitol Compound towards Fernandez Street, Rizal Avenue and back to the Capitol Complex, ending at the Telesforo Paredes Pavilion for the program.
At the pavilion, Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, who represented Governor Jose Alvarez, was joined in by board members Sharon Abiog-Onda, chairperson of the Committee on Women, and Cherry Pie Acosta, to formally begin the month-long celebration.
In a message by Governor Alvarez relayed through Vice Gov. Socrates, he inspired the women employees by citing historical female leaders, who shined in historical times for the strength and confidence they showed to fight for the Filipino people, and for which they should be emulated.
These are Teodoro Alonzo, the mother of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, who was known to be a disciplinarian, a dedicated, courteous, and hardworking mother; Melchora Aquino, the Filipina revolutionary leader, who was called “Tandang Sora” and the “Grand Woman of the Revolution,” as well as the “Mother of Balintawak,” and Gregoria de Jesus, also known as “Aling Orang” and wife of Andres Bonifacio, the founder and one of the leaders of the Katipunan of the Philippines women’s chapter.
The three and other women in history played important roles that show women in the Philippines and anywhere else in the world that cannot be underestimated for the physical power and the emotional toughness they had, which in one way, or another, supported the nation.
“We believe that Palawan will develop more because it has the Palaweña woman, whose vitality and intensity is very important,” he said.
Civil Service Commission (CSC) Dangal ng Bayan and ABS-CBN Bayaning Filipino Awardee Dr. Welthy Villanueva, who too, is a medical specialist of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), was the guest of honor invited to grace the opening of the celebration.
In her speech, Villanueva narrated the hardships she had to go through to succeed in life, and how she had to leave a promising high-income earning career to become a missionary doctor for the indigents of Palawan.
In all the sorrows she had and has to go through every day considering she has cancer, she said God is continuously giving her strength to go on and push forward so she may be able to serve indigenous residents of the province in the high mountainous hills of Brooke’s Point and Roxas towns to open a school.
“I am a living example of a woman who should never lose hope amidst the trials. Women today should not be afraid to be of courage, to face any challenge because at the end of the day, there are always blessings that await you. Be an inspiration to other women too, so, together, we can make a developed and progressive Palawan, where women not only thrive as homemakers but as leaders,” she stressed.
Kiteboarding finals today in Palawan
- Friday, March 7, 2014
- (Manila Bulletin)
Newly-crowned Asian freestyle champion Dylan Van der Meij headlines the elite field vying for top honors in various divisions in the first ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour final leg today at the Emerald Playa beach in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
The 19-year-old Van der Meij is expected to use his vast repertoire of stomped tricks he showed in ruling the Kiteboard Tour Asia freestyle event in Boracay recently in the three-day event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
The event, capping the inaugural four-leg circuit that drew some of the top kiteboarders here and abroad, will also feature Asian freestyle men and women champions Reynard Gajisan and Paula Rosales.
Ukrainian champion Andrey Salnik, who topped the tour’s kickoff leg in Boracay last January, has also confirmed participation, looking to crowd Van der Meij and Gajisan in the centerpiece men’s Freestyle.
PKA president Jay Ortiz said other tour campaigners from Manila, Puerto Galera, Caliraya, Boracay and Davao will also be competing in the event backed by Boracay Greenyard, the official distributor of Cabrinha equipment, Stoked, Dakine, Aloha Boardsports, and supported by Tanduay Ice, Colt 45 and Summit Water.
Others seeing action in the event, supported by local sponsors Printhub, Kuyba Almoneca, Hotel Centro, Blue Palawan, Inc., Fluidsurf and Puerto Princesa City Government, are the leading and upcoming kiteboarders from Australia, Switzerland, Estonia, Sweden, Russia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Germany and Norway.
Ortiz is also expected to seek for a third straight victory in the Twin Tip Race Masters Category, which he ruled in the Ilocus Sur and Laguna legs of the tour.
Palawan & Labuan, Malaysia forge stronger ties
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
- By Celeste Anna R. Formoso [(PNA), FPV/CARF/JSD]
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, March 6 (PNA)-- Business prospects and initiatives between Palawan and Labuan, Malaysia reached another step closer to achieving the vision of the BIMP EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East Asian Growth Area) after 49 officials and businessmen successfully ended their Labuan Trade Mission in Palawan recently.
Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Wednesday that Datuk Rozman Isli, member of the Labuan Parliament, led the Labuan Trade Mission in the province on February 25 to the first week of March.
He said Isli and the rest in the trade mission group expressed that “a good path was provided in forging a stronger friendship between Labuan and Palawan, which could benefit both sides towards economic growth and an even bigger achievement for Malaysia and the Philippines.”
Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez feted the delegation with a warm reception and a colorful cultural presentation where the Labuan traders learned more about the people, culture and history of the province that are believed to be connected to the neighboring Asian countries through land bridges.
“Governor Alvarez, who is known to be a man of few words, did not deliver a long-winding welcome message but stressed that a warm and sincere handshake is more meaningful than so many words,” Acosta said.
Isli reportedly commended the governor and the province for the first class treatment it accorded the delegation.
“He remarked that he is a lucky person to have a brother in Palawan, Governor Alvarez, who has visited Labuan twice and is seriously working out the cultural and trade linkages between Labuan and Palawan,” he stated.
Isli was quoted in saying that “the earnest desire of the Palawan governor in attaining the business linkages with Labuan can be measured in the serious way he is taking care of us while in Palawan.”
In line with this trade mission, the Palawan BIMP-EAGA Business Council headed by Commodore Nick M. Hernandez, coordinated the business matching activity. The visitors and their business counterparts in Palawan were grouped into five clusters namely governance, trade and investment, logistics and stevedoring, construction and development and port management.
The participants had an informative discussion and free exchange of facts and figures with their business counterparts in Palawan who presented their products, business profile and contact information.
Lawyer Joselito Alisuag, head of the Palawan State University BIMP-EAGA Unit facilitated the business matching activity. Brooke’s Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano hosted the dinner for the Labuan trade mission after the business matching activity.
On the third day of their visit, the Labuan trade delegation had a tour of the pride of Puerto Princesa City, the Underground River with no less than City Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron accompanying the group to one of the world’s wonder of nature.
The Labuan trade delegation flew back to Malaysia via MASWings with the assurance that business deals between the administrative region of Labuan and Palawan will be concretized as soon as all trade requirements for the smooth flow of goods and services are in place.
Since November last year, MASWings of Malaysia has been flying thrice a week between Kota Kinabalu and Puerto Princesa City, a positive indication of the partnership between Malaysia and Palawan to finally attain the vision and mission of BIMP-EAGA.
PNOC-EC allots P7.187 billion for 2014 oil, gas projects
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- By Lenie Lectura
PNOC Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) has set aside a working budget of P7.187 billion this year to finance various oil and gas exploration activities.
Bulk of the budget allocation will be used for investments in petroleum exploration and development amounting to P3.23 billion.
PNOC-EC President Pedro Aquino said earlier that drilling for Service Contract (SC) 37 in Cagayan and SC 63 in southwest Palawan will commence this year.
“We’re starting [SC 37]. For SC 63, [we will begin] may be toward the third quarter,” Aquino said.
PNOC-EC’s budget will also allocate P2.291 billion to continuously fund its 10-percent stake in the Malampaya gas-to-power project in northwest Palawan.
Investments in coal project will amount to P591.77 million. The company is pursuing the development of two mine-mouth coal plants in Isabela and Zamboanga Sibugay with a combined capacity of 200 megawatts.
PNOC-EC said it will also allocate P347.11 million for its other projects and P722.23 million for operating expenses.
The total budgetary allocation is slightly higher than the P7.043 billion allotted in 2013.
PNOC-EC is the upstream oil, gas and coal subsidiary of state-owned Philippine National Oil Co. A government-owned and -controlled corporation, it was incorporated in April 1976 and is mandated by the government through the Department of Energy to take the lead in exploration, development and production of the country’s oil, gas and coal resources.
At present, PNOC-EC has seven petroleum service contracts and seven coal operating contracts. It also owns and operates a private commercial port, the Energy Supply Base, in Mabini, Batangas which provides berthing, cargo handling, storage and warehousing facilities to clients.
Trans-Asia wants contract extension for northwest Palawan oil prospect
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
- By Lenie Lectura
TRANS-ASIA Oil and Energy Development Corp., a unit of the Phinma Group, is seeking an extension of its service contract from the Department of Energy (DOE) for five more years for its prospect in Palawan.
“The SC 6 Block B consortium elected to enter into the second five-year extension period of subject service contract which starts on March 1,” the listed firm said. A work program and budget for the extension period will be submitted to the DOE by March 31.
SC 6 Block B is situated in offshore northwest Palawan. The consortium recently completed geological and geophysical studies under the first five-year extension period.
Trans-Asia Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans-Asia, has 14.063-percent participating interest in SC 6 Block B. It earlier took control of its parent firm’s 2.334-percent stake in SC 6 Block A, 4.2189 percent in SC 6 Block B in offshore northwest Palawan, 6.67 percent in SC 51 in northwest Leyte and 6 percent in SC 69 in the Camotes Sea.
Trans-Asia Petroleum earlier changed its primary purpose from power generation to oil and gas exploration and development.
Trans-Asia is developing a 54-megawatt wind power project in Guimaras and a 135-MW coal project with the Ayala Group. Last month it reported a net income of P572 million for end-2013, up from P471 million a year ago.
The company also reported earlier that it has allocated P165,605,000 from proceeds of its stock rights offering (SRO) in 2012 to finance the construction of a wind farm project.
The wind energy project is currently under construction in San Lorenzo, Guimaras, by its subsidiary Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corp.
The DOE earlier confirmed the declaration of commerciality of Trans-Asia’s wind project under Wind Energy Service Contract (WESC) 2009-10-009.
“The DOE confirmation affirmed the conversion of said WESC from predevelopment to development/commercial stage and a full term of 25 years or until October 22, 2034,” said Trans-Asia Senior Vice President Raymundo A. Reyes Jr.
Palawan G12 Churches Hold First Mentoring of the Year
- Monday, March 3, 2014
- (mikem, Diary Sheets)
The network of G12 churches all over Palawan under Ptr. Carlo Panlilio, held the first G12 mentoring of the year 2014 at Puerto Princesa. It was attended by several churches from the north of Palawan to the south as far as Rio Tuba.
The first part of the Mentoring was held at CAP building, San Miguel Puerto Princesa City on February 8 at about 6PM to 10Pm. Cornerstone Community Church hosted the first session which was announced beforehand to be exclusively for the primaries with an estimated number of 120 persons. It was however attended also by other non-primaries. The estimated attendance has increased to more than 50%, overwhelming for awhile the workers of the host church, who with haste made a way to add chairs, arrange the venue and double the amount of food that was prepared.
The program started on time. Ptr. Jun of Cornerstone Community led the opening prayer which was followed by a worship intro video then the Praise and Worship led by the Cornerstone Community Music team. The giving of offering followed after which was led by Ptr. John of Jesus Touch. Ptr. Zhaleen leading the congregation in Prayer during the G12 Mentoring @ CAP bldg., Puerto Princesa on February 8, 2014.
Ptr. Zhaleen leading the congregation in Prayer during the G12 Mentoring @ CAP bldg., Puerto Princesa on February 8, 2014.
The first session which was for the Primaries of the G12 churches was started and introduced by Ptr. Carlo. He mentioned that he and his wife came up with this program to equip and empower the primary 12 of the Pastors under their network. In the Bible, Jesus had spent time with the disciples, training, teaching and modelling to them how discipleship is, in the last three years of His stay on earth. In the same way, the primary 12 must be fully equipped to lead the cell groups and the multitudes that is about to come. Ptr. Carlo quoted in the book of John 17 about Jesus mentioning that His time had now come. This chapter according to him revealed the reason why Jesus was ready to be crucified – It was because He knew that the primary disciples were formed, and that they are ready to continue what Christ has started. Jesus ultimate task was not the crucifixion itself but includes the forming of the 12 who will lead the movement that followed. Pastor Carlo encouraged the primaries to value the privilege of being chosen as one of the 12. When Jesus chose his 12, he knew their capability and though they were not highly regarded by the society, they were to become great men who will disciple many more, who will proclaim the gospel throughout the world, as long as they will obey and follow Jesus.
The next session was divided into two sub-sessions. Pastor Carlo and his wife shared the verse in Psalms 78:70-72 which was about two things that David had, and in the same way is what it takes to be a shepherd of God’s flock. The first thing, which was shared by Ptr. Zhaleen was the HEART of a shepherd. In Psalms 23 which was her main text, she shared about the characteristics of a sheep that each cell leader needs to know and understand, and the Heart of a shepherd that each cell leader must possess. The second thing was the SKILL, which was shared by Pastor Carlo again. He shared that besides having the right HEART of a shepherd, each one should also possess the necessary skills in order to win the hearts of the unbelievers. They both shared many practical applications and testimonies how they started with their cell groups and discipleship under the G12 vision. They shared their struggles as well as victories that they experienced in their journey. It was such a blessing to listen to their hearts as they pour it out in the crowd who were from the beginning were excited and hungry for the Word of God. The topic they shared was also shared by Ptr. Carlo in one of the G12 gatherings in 2012.
The Primary’s mentoring ended with an altar call of commitment.
The second day was an open-for-all mentoring. The venue was at the Skylight convention hall and started at about 8am.
The first hour was intended for the Primaries again. Elvie, one of the primaries of Pastor Zhaleen shared in the first session. She talked about how it is to be a primary. She shared how Pastor Zhaleen has discipled her. She had some ups and downs in her relationship with God, and as becoming a cell leader of many. She shared her struggles and how she overcame those through the mentoring of her leaders. G12 Mentoring at CAP bldg., Puerto Princesa City on February 8, 2014. Deo Tambong on keyboards.
G12 Mentoring at CAP bldg., Puerto Princesa City on February 8, 2014. Deo Tambong on keyboards.
The main session was started by Pastor Carlo. The theme for the entire day was Awakening. It was an awakening from deep slumber. He mentioned three things that each believer must be awakened from in order to fulfill God’s purpose with an unfading strength and power. These were: (1.) Awakening of origins – we need to be awakened from the truth that we are God’s creation and are created in His image. (2) Awakening of identity – we need to know who we truly are in Christ because this leads to – (3)Awakening of our purpose.
Ptr. Carlo shared the first point about awakening of Origins. He mentioned about the different concepts of the world regarding the beginning of the universe and humans. He iterated that we did not evolve from monkeys and that we need to hold on to the truth that the universe is created by God. Believing the wrong concept (that we evolved from an animal) leads to inhumane behavior and acts.
The second point – Awakening of Identity, was again shared by Ptr. Zhaleen. She mentioned that we are God’s own special treasure and with that identity, we must get rid of all evil actions, walk in obedience to God and not associate with worldly affairs.The next session was again handled by Elvie and she talked about promotion. Her topic centered on the truth that every living being grows and that we need as disciples to also grow. She shared important points on the DNA for promotion.
Ptr. Zhaleen talked about the keys to promotion during the last session. She shared three points in the acronym PAA which stands for, Plan – Attitude and Action that each disciple must have and do in order to be promoted.
Ptr. Carlo ended the the mentoring with a challenge and a prayer. The mentoring session was dismissed at about 4:30 in the afternoon. About more than one thousand attended the first G12 mentoring.
Gov’t studying ways to ease burden of increased power rates
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
- By Genalyn Kabiling
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Aquino administration is drawing up some schemes to ease the burden of power consumers in case power rates are increased.
“The DOE (Department of Energy) is talking, for instance, to Meralco (Manila Electric Co.) to reduce the increase, if ever they really must increase the rates,” President Benigno S. Aquino III said in Filipino in a media interview last Friday night here.
“Number two, we would seek to spread out the period of payment of consumers for a very long period,” he added.
“We are also considering, if we have the finances readily available, to take care of the interest charges of Meralco,” he said, for it to spread out the collection of the increase over a long period – not just for one or two months but perhaps for a year or two.
The Supreme Court recently extended its Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the increase of P4.15 per kilowatt hour in electricity charges of Meralco for 60 days. The TRO is in effect until April 22.
Pending the SC decision on the power rate issue, the President said the DOE has started an investigation into the alleged collusion among power generators that led to the sudden spike in Meralco’s power rate.
He said the power plants should have prepared for the regular maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya gas plant. Instead, these companies had to produce power at high costs, to the detriment of the consumers.
Mindanao Power Problem
Meanwhile, Luzon and Visayas can expect a stable power supply this summer but Mindanao may have to take a little sacrifice.
President Aquino said the government is taking steps to augment the power supply of Mindanao, including the construction of more power plants as well as tapping the Malampaya funds for energy development.
Aquino, however, said the additional power plants in Mindanao may only be completed only in 2015.
“In Luzon, Visayas, I don’t think there’s an issue (on power supply) but in Mindanao, there’s a prediction for instance that this is an El Niño year. El Niño has an impact on hydro and hydro is a very substantial portion of the power of Mindanao,” the President said in an interview Friday night.
Aquino issued the remarks after the recent power blackout in many parts of Mindanao.
“In effect, there’s a short circuit in the grid. Then all the power plants will go offline to protect themselves. Now, you will have to restart the power plants, reintroduce them to the grid one-by-one,” the President said.
Aquino expressed support for a bill filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that allows the use of Malampaya funds to repair energy infrastructure damaged by natural calamities.
He noted that a recent Supreme Court decision limited the government’s use of Malampaya funds for energy exploration. He said it was “unworkable” for the government to enter energy exploration but it is banned by an old presidential decree from going into power generation and distribution.
“That is why there is this law that will correct the presidential decree that governs how to utilize the Malampaya funds,” he said.
Largest PH solar power plant to rise in Palawan
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
- By NORMAN SISON
PALAWAN will soon be home to the Philippines’ largest micro-grid solar power plant, generating 1.3 megawatts of clean renewable energy.
Costing P325 million, the plant will have 5,000 solar panels that will provide power to over 600 customers — homes, businesses and hotels — in Puerto Princesa City’s Sabang district. It will also have a battery pack, the largest in the ASEAN region, that will release stored energy during heavy cloud cover or bad weather.
To put that in perspective, a mobile phone battery has about 4.6 watthours, while the Sabang plant’s battery pack is 782,000 times bigger, packing 3,600,000Wh.
To provide nighttime power, the plant will also be equipped with diesel generators that can produce 1 MW of electricity. Atem Ramsundersingh, chief executive officer of Singapore-based WEnergy Global, said the generators will run on diesel fuel for the meantime. WEnergy has a 40-percent stake in the project.
“Hopefully these machines will run on biodiesel in the near future to get a full clean system. We cannot use biodiesel now as it is much more expensive than normal diesel,” said Ramsundersingh. “But the power plant is designed in such a way that we will use about 50 percent solar/battery and 50 percent diesel which brings our power plant close to carbon neutral: no pollution!”
The plant will be operated by Sabang Renewable Energy Corporation, a joint venture between local company Delta-P Inc., a company that runs diesel power plants in Palawan, and WEnergy, which provides the solar energy expertise.
Ramsundersingh said they are currently in the final stages of doing the necessary paperwork. The plant, which will provide power to Sabang via a 15-kilometer micro-grid, is expected to be completed by September. The grid will have “smart” meters and offer low and high tariffs to encourage users to use solar power more than diesel at night.
“This project came to us through our good relations with local and national leaders who are aware of global warming and want to keep the Philippines’ contribution to climate change relatively small,” said Ramsundersingh. “It is a lucky confluence of local green and clean awareness and national/international action-leadership against global warming that initiated this project.”
Home to pristine beaches, sea turtles and the world famous Puerto Princesa Underground River, about 50 kilometers north of the provincial capital, Palawan is often seen as the Philippines’ last eco-tourism frontier. It is also the jump-off point for scuba divers traveling to Tubbataha Reef, 150 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa.
However, despite being a top tourism destination, Palawan is beset with a power shortage, with daily outages that sometimes last up to 10 hours. The irony is that Palaweños pay double for electricity — P12 kwh compared to P6 kwh in Metro Manila. Because Palawan is not connected to the national grid, power is produced by diesel plants.
Despite the power shortage, local residents, aware that the province relies heavily on eco-tourism, have protested against a planned coal-fired plant by DMCI Power Corporation in Aborlan town.
With the island’s ecosystems and climate change in mind, Palawan’s provincial government is aiming to produce 100 percent of its energy needs from green renewable sources.
That can be done, said Ramsundersingh, citing Germany as one bright spot in the drive to use solar power. In 1998, only five percent of Germany’s energy needs came from clean renewable energy. In 2012, that has grown to 22 percent, with solar plants producing up to 45 gigawatts. Coal use went down from 22 percent to 19 percent.
“It truly requires clear decisions and leadership at all levels to make such shifts to remove political, economic and financial obstacles, and to put in place new rules and regulations that would create an enabling environment for renewable technologies to grow and to create thousands of new jobs. This has enabled Germany to enjoy on a bright sunny day the 45 percent of power in the grid to be solar power,” said Ramsundersingh.
Another factor that makes solar power plants attractive for Palawan is that they are faster to build. “For example, a 30-MW solar power plant can be built in less than six months, while its equivalent in hydro or geothermal power could require more than six years,” he said. “Its diesel or gas equivalent could be installed in a short period of time, while a coal-fired plant would require two to three years.”
WEnergy is currently looking into the feasibility of a 4MW solar power plant in Davao City, as well as other similar micro-grid projects in other areas of Palawan.
According to WEnergy, global investments in renewable energy increased 17 percent to a new record of $257 billion in 2011. Emerging economies made up 35% of this total investment, compared to 65% for developed economies. “So we are certainly seeing a green growth trajectory in the power sector, even if we have quite some way to go to achieve an energy mix that is truly sustainable,” Ramsundersingh said.
It takes political will and money to shift to solar power, but Ramsundersingh said their “biggest challenge is to shift the minds of government and corporate decision-makers and academia towards understanding that renewable energy can be done and must be done.”
Malaysian delegation arrives in Puerto Princesa for business matching
- Friday, February 28, 2014 4:06 am
- By Vicky S. Mendoza (LBR/VSM/PIA4B/Palawan)
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Feb. 28 (PIA) – A delegation from the Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia is in town to explore business opportunities through Business Matching activity spearheaded by the Palawan Business Council yesterday.
The Labuan delegation, with 49 members in the team, is headed by Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Haji Isli who is also the Chairman and Administrator of the Malaysian territory.
Business Matching aims to provide insights into existing business situations and culture and to facilitate business partnership by arranging business meetings between the two countries.
The Business Matching was opened by Palawan Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez who welcomed visiting participants and businessmen from Puerto Princesa City and Palawan municipalities.
Addressing local businessmen, the Governor said that they should take advantage of this opportunity being offered to them by government, the available connectivity and the fact that many products in Labuan are cheap.
In a press conference, Datuk Isli said that the delegation is looking at potentials of tourism and trade & investment in agriculture products including livestock.
On tourism, he said that the availability of air connectivity between Sabah and Palawan is an advantage and that both will benefit through tour packages that will showcase the best of the two areas.
He said that due to economic growth in Labuan there is now demand for “Halal” foods like beef, goat meat, chicken, and shortage of hotels, malls and skilled and professional workers.
Nicanor Hernandez, Chairman of theBrunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Palawan Business Council said in the press conference that there are many potentials for partnership but two priorities need to be addressed.
“Food exports to Muslim countries and even slaughtering of livestock for these countries needs Halal certification which we do not have yet,” Hernandez said.
Apart from the need for “Halal” certification system, he said that there is a need for a reliable and sustainable cargo ship to ply the route which has already sparked interest in one shipping company from the Visayas.
“We hope that after this Business Matching we can have something definite about the cargo ship that would carry the goods and other products to Labuan and vice versa and other business ventures,” Hernandez said.
The Palawan trip of the Labuan delegation reciprocates the trade mission conducted by the provincial government officials and Palawan Chamber of Commerce Inc. in November last year.
Philippines Tourism Promotions Board (Booth 3H08)
- Thursday, February 27, 2018 4:06 am
- (PNA), FPV/PFN
Many travellers know of Palawan as a great scuba diving destination and beach getaway.
But did you know that Palawan is also home to the Tabon Man dating back 50,000 years? Archeological discoveries, such as stone-age tools that simplified tasks and burial jars proved his understanding of the divine.
These archeological finds aren’t the only things that Palawan is known for. Other terrestrial and marine treasures also call this island home. One of them is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River — a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, the river is found in a cave system that is 24km long.
To experience Palawan, Cebu Pacific Air & Philippines Airlines ply the route between Singapore to Puerto Princesa via Manila, Iloilo and Cebu.
Securing territorial waters core competency of Western Command
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014
- (PNA), FPV/PFN
MANILA, Feb. 26 (PNA) -- Having the Palawan-based Western Command secure Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal is very ideal militarily as securing territorial waters is the unit's "core competency".
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala Tuesday stressed this when asked whether the Western Command will be overextended by this task.
The transfer took place last week.
This was done through the orders of AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.
"That is their core competency (securing territorial waters). Remember that the Western Command traditionally is commanded by an Air Force or a Navy officer primarily because of (its) external (defense implications)," he added.
By this, Zagala means that the Western Command is geared towards handling threats from the air and sea.
He also clarified that the decision to transfer Scarborough Shoal from the Northern Luzon Command to the Western Command aims to enhance the "unity of command and assets of the AFP" in terms of external defense capabilities.
"We want to enhance our external defense capabilities and in order to do that it should be commanded by one commander," the AFP public affairs chief stressed.
Zagala stressed that no major upheaval will take place despite Scarborough Shoal being attached to the Western Command areas of responsibility, as the said unit is primarily tasked to defend Philippine territorial waters.
Western Command is tasked to secure Palawan territorial waters and the Western Philippine Sea.
"These are all at sea, if you look at it and the Western Command has the necessary assets (both air and sea) that can address territorial defense and monitoring," he added.
And should there be an immediate need to deploy naval assets to respond to possible incidents in Scarborough Shoal, Zagala said that the Western Command can always use prepositioned naval assets in nearby areas.
NPC spending P154 million for Palawan transmission project
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- (Manila Bulletin)
State-run National Power Corporation (NPC) will be completing the remaining stretch of the 111-kilometer power transmission line that will connect Puerto Princesa to Roxas, of which project cost had been pegged at P154 million.
The two cities have their electricity supplied via separate grids, but with the proposed interconnection, it is seen that provision of service will improve.
The company said the uncompleted portion of the project was derailed in 2007 “due to right of way issues.” For now though, NPC emphasized that it can already move forward with the bidding for the project as targeted around April this year.
The project will be implemented based on a “re-routed plan” approved by the power firm and the affected land owner because of the area to be traversed by the transmission line.
“The re-routing will require replacing the location of two constructed transmission towers with four pole structures which is estimated at P30 million each,” NPC has noted.
It added that project works will include “stringing, right-of-way clearing, cutting of mangroves and tightening bolts and also replacing pilfered materials.”
NPC president Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita emphasized that the resolution of this particular case may serve as a catalyst in addressing similar roadblocks being encountered in the implementation of the company’s projects.
“We are looking forward into long standoff projects of NPC to come up with acceptable arrangement with parties involved to be able to promote a more reliable supply of electricity to missionary areas,” she said.
Apart from Puerto Princesa and Roxas, the government-run power firm also takes responsibility over the transmission systems of Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro.
Under the law, NPC has been given a significant function of electrifying off-grid areas, including those on remote communities.
Environment reps confiscate 11 talking mynah birds, 2 leopard cats in Palawan
- Monday, February 24, 2014
- By Ruth T. Rodriguez [(PNA), FFC/CARF/RTR/JSD]
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 24 (PNA) -– A joint team of environment and police authorities confiscated Sunday 11 endangered talking mynah birds and two leopard cats in Barangay Marangas, Bataraza in southern Palawan.
Alex Marcaida, spokesperson of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), the implementing arm of the policy-making body Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), told the Philippine New Agency (PNA) that the leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) and the talking mynah birds (Gracula religiosa) were confiscated inside the home of a suspected wildlife trafficker Genesis Palasigue Sunday morning.
Palasigue was said to be preparing the animals for transport in their cages when the joint team swooped down on his home. The suspect fled when he saw the members of the joint apprehending team.
Marcaida said police authorities are now looking for the suspect in the Bataraza area. He is facing charges of violation of Section 27 of Republic Act 9147. An act that provides for the protection and conservation of wildlife resources and their habitats in Palawan.
The confiscated wildlife species are now in the custody of the PCSDS, and being prepared for turnover to the Palawan Wildlife Refuge and Rescue Conservation Center (PWRRCC).
According to Marcaida, the confiscation would not have happened without tip offs from members of the community where Palasigue lives.
PH Resort, among T+L’s best places to travel in 2014
- Sunday, February 23, 2014
- By Jacky Lynne A. Oiga
The Philippines has yet again been recognized as one of the best places for travel in 2014 by Travel + Leisure’s (T+L) US and Southeast Asian editions, an influential travel magazine with a global readership of five million.
Along with 24 other destinations in the world, El Nido Resort’s Pangulasian Island, situated in El Nido, Palawan’s Bacuit Bay, was featured in the magazine along with: Cape Town, South Africa; Uruguay; Warsaw, Poland; Iceland; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Little Corn Island, Nicaragua; Kerala, India; Miami, Florida; Nashville, Texas; Meads Bay, Anguilla; Sochi, Russia; Puerto Escondido, Mexico; Burma; Palermo, Italy; Zimbabwe; California Wine Country, San Francisco; Tetiaroa, French Polynesia; Santa Marta, Colombia; Lombok, Indonesia; Palm Springs, California; Helsinki, Finland; Vihn Hy Bay, Vietnam; Maui, Hawaii; and Dominica, Caribbean.
El Nido Resorts’ Pangulasian Island was recently endorsed as a top destination in 2014 for affluent, frequent travelers by Travel + Leisure’s US and Southeast Asian editions. This development catapults the Philippines into the luxury travel niche and opens opportunities not just for Pangulasian but also for other top resorts that focus on sustainability and authenticity.
Along with 24 other destinations in the world, Pangulasian was featured as one of the Best Places to Travel in 2014. The island resort with 42 villas is in Palawan’s Bacuit Bay, considered one of the world’s last ecological frontiers.
In the “Best Places to Travel in 2014” article, travel writer Peter Jon Lindberg wrote about the Philippine’s private island: “Its thatched-roof villas are just steps from a ribbon of soft white sand. Behind you lies a thrumming canopy of green. And before you is the limpid blue Bacuit Bay, where outriggers ply the glasslike waters. The bay is part of the UNESCO biosphere; swim just 20 yards out and you’ll be floating with turtles and parrot fish above a pristine coral reef.”
Lindberg also mentioned that Pangulasian Island was spared by the recent Typhoon Haiyan and encouraged affluent travelers to spend their dollars in the Philippines as it will greatly help the country’s economy.
Meanwhile, El Nido Resorts director of sales and marketing Joey Bernardino said the positive comments garnered by Pangulasian from influencers in the world of travel are expected to boost Philippine tourism prospects.
“Travel reviews and positive comments catapult the Philippines into the luxury travel niche and opens opportunities for other top resorts that focus on sustainability and authenticity to catch the attention of this special group of travelers,” Bernardino said.
Prior to Pangulasian’s inclusion in the 2014 must-see list, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia also named El Nido as one of two Philippine resorts in its “Best of the Philippines” article. The Philippines was also named one of the top ten destinations by Rough Guides in 2014, one of the 46 places to go by the New York Times in 2013, the Best Tropical Island Destination by the Shanghai Morning Post in 2013, and the Most Romantic Destination by the Shanghai Morning Post in 2013.
Palawan governor asks PNP chief for more policemen
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
- By Celeste Anna R. Formoso [(PNA), CTB/CARF/PJN]
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 22 (PNA) -- Governor Jose Alvarez personally requested PNP Director General Alan Purisima to supplement the number of policemen serving to maintain Palawan’s peace and order and security concerns.
In his speech Friday at the inauguration of the Provincial Police Office's (PPO) new administration building at Camp Higinio A. Mendoza Sr. here, Alvarez underlined Palawan’s great need for more policemen to serve not only in Puerto Princesa, but in municipalities that are popular as tourism destinations.
At the minimum, around 250 more policemen are needed all over the province’s 23 municipalities sitting on almost 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) of irregular coastline.
To this, Purisima replied by saying that this might no longer be a problem soon as the PNP, on orders by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), is set to hire 15,000 non-uniformed personnel nationwide to become clerks so that the policemen can be sent back to the streets to protect the people.
“We will be hiring some 15,000 non-uniformed personnel nationwide, who will soon be taking the places of our clerks in the provincial headquarters and police stations so, that our policemen can go back to the streets,” Purisima said in reply to Alvarez’ request.
“Our crime registrar will be done by a non-uniformed personnel and our recruitment is ongoing,” he assured the Palawan governor.
Purisima was in Puerto Princesa as guest of honor with Alvarez in the inauguration of the new two-storey administration building at Camp Higinio A. Mendoza, Sr. in Barangay Tiniguiban.
According to him, the new building symbolizes the strong character of the PPO against any threat to peace and order security in Palawan that is popular the world over for its striking and unmatchable natural environment.
He stated to PPO-Palawan Director Sr. Supt. David Martinez that with the new administration building, he hopes that the leadership and the members of the police force should be more inspired to serve the people and the communities with honesty and integrity.
Through the leadership of Alvarez, the provincial government donated 75 kilovolts transformer to the new administration building, including electrical service, and electricity connection that cost P200,000.
“The support that was given by the provincial government and Governor Alvarez is inspiring to our policemen; that indeed there is a working partnership here that is felt towards maintaining peace and order in Palawan,” he said.
Purisima also lauded the PNP Regional Office IV-B and the leadership of Supt. Melito Manzanilla Mabilin on the success of the construction of the building.
“It is important that we maintain peace and order security in Palawan for its residents and its visitors. We need to show our visitors here, and all over the Philippines that they are safe against any risk, that our policemen are doing their duties well to serve the public,” he stated.
University defends anti-coal position vs Palawan govt
- Friday, February 21, 2014
- (PNA), PDS/CARF/RTR/UTB
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 21 (PNA) --The administration of the Western Philippines University (WPU) defended its anti-coal position and belied that it is spreading lies against the proposed 15-megawatt coal-fed power plant by DMCI Power Corporation (DPC) in Barangay San Juan, Aborlan.
According to university president Dr. Elsa Manarpaac, it is clear in the position paper that they submitted that they do not want proposed coal-fired power plant in their town despite claims that it is safe since it will be employing the newest technology in coal power generation.
Manarpaac also said that the findings they mentioned in the position paper are based on researches and studies conducted by a team of environment experts they created to find out about its positive and negative effects to both human and environment health.
She said that per findings of the team, the effect of the proposed coal-fed power plant will be huge to the environment, especially the people, who leave in Barangay San Juan, including the students who study at WPU.
Manarpaac said they respect Governor Jose Alvarez' statements that support the employment of the coal-fired power plant as a means to ease Palawan's power problems, but the WPU community will remain steadfast on its "No to Coal" position.
"Our position paper is based on researches and studies, and the people, who composed the team, are experts and have the right to state what their findings are. They are experts in environmental science, and the others are from fisheries because of concern for the marine environment. The others, who composed the team, are social scientists. We interpret things differently in accordance with what we believe in," Manarpaac said in local interviews Friday.
Manarpaac's defense of their position came following a decision by the Sangguniang Barangay of San Juan to totally ban any coal project in their community through the unanimous passing of an ordinance Tuesday this week.
Aside from this, there remains a temporary environment protection order (TEPO) issued by the local court, preventing the DPC to start any construction activity, and further delaying its target to finish the controversial power plant by 2015.
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