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8 flights cancelled due to aircraft situation

(PNA)

At least eight flights were cancelled Thursday morning due to an aircraft situation, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said.

DOTC said in a Twitter post that the flights that were canceled include 5J-907 (Manila-Caticlan), 5J-908 (Caticlan-Manila), 5J-373 (Manila-Roxas), 5J-374 (Roxas-Manila), 5J-447 (Manila-Iloilo), 5J-448 (Iloilo-Manila), 5J-637 (Manila-Puerto Princesa), and 5J-638 (Puerto Princesa-Manila).

DOTC did not say what type of aircraft situation that cancelled the flights which belong to Cebu Pacific.

More areas for hybrid rice eyed in Palawan, Mindanao

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

THE Philippine-East Asean Growth Area (P-Eaga) is targeting to expand plantation area for hybrid rice in Palawan and Mindanao starting this year, in a bid to increase the production of rice and achieve food sufficiency in these areas.

"The Philippines is the lead country in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-Eaga implementing the hybrid rice planting as part of the Food Basket Pilar. The province of Palawan and the whole of Mindanao are part of the P-Eaga areas," said Dr. Frisco M. Malabanan, senior technical consultant of SL Agritech Corp. (Slac) in a Status Report on the Hybrid Rice Planting in the P-Eaga Regions, which he presented during the 2nd BIMP-Eaga Agribusiness Cluster Meeting at Grand Regal Hotel on Tuesday.

He said the project is a private-public partnership (PPP) between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and private seed companies headed by Slac, who are spearheading the hybrid rice planting in the P-Eaga areas, which includes Palawan and the whole of Mindanao.

Expansion of the hybrid rice plantations will begin during the 2014-2015 dry season cropping, wherein they are targeting 23,567 hectares (has.), up to 2015 wet season and 2015-2016 dry season cropping , wherein they are targeting 40,782 has.

For the 2014-2015 dry season cropping, 1,454 has. have been targeted for Palawan, 4,186 has. for Zamboanga Peninsula, 2,000 has. for Northern Mindanao, 5,678 has. for Davao Region, 4,200 has. for Socsksargen, 1,493 has. for Caraga, and 4,556 has. for Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao (Armm).

For the 2015 wet season and 2015-2016 dry season cropping, 2,456 has. have been targeted for Palawan, 8,372 has. for Zamboanga Peninsula, 4,000 has. for Northern Mindanao, 11,356 has. for Davao Region, 2,500 has. for Socsksargen, 2,986 has. for Caraga, and 9,112 has. for Autonomous Region in Muslin Mindanao (Armm).

In 2013, the hybrid rice plantations in the P-Eaga is at 36,982 has., located in Zamboanga Peninsula at 9,325 has. Malabanan said based on their internal study, they have observed an increase in the average yield of the farmers who used the Slac hybrid rice variety.

"The average yield of SL Agritech hybrid rice variety was 6.6 metric tons per hectare in the P-Eaga compared to only 4.4 metric tons per hectare for inbred [rice]. This data showed a 50% yield advantage of hybrid rice compared to inbred [rice]," he said.

Malabanan said they are hoping to replicate this in other areas in the BIMP-Eaga like in some provinces in Malaysia.

Palawan voted 'top island in the world'

(ABS-CBNnews.com)

MANILA - Palawan, which is home to one of the world's newest natural wonders, was hailed as the best island in the world by the readers of an award-winning US travel magazine.

On Monday, Conde Nast Traveler released the results of its 27th annual Readers' Choice Awards on its website.

Palawan was named the "Top Island in the World" based on over 76,600 votes. The island destination scored a rating of 88.750, mainly because of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.

"Palawan's natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system," the magazine wrote.

"Guided boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction," it added.

Palawan beat out the likes of Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Maui in Hawaii, Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique, the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands in Australia, and Santorini in Greece.

Meanwhile, Boracay Island also placed in the list at No. 12. The island received a rating of 82.683 from readers of the magazine.

"This itty-bitty island in the Western Philippines is as close to the tropical idyll ideal as you’ll find in the Philippines, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region," Conde Nast Traveler wrote.

"The aptly named White Beach is Boracay’s main draw, with powdery white sand and shallow azure water ideal for swimming and snorkeling," it added.

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa also received acclaim, ranking 11th in the list of "Top 20 Resorts in Asia."

"Providing 'a great resort experience that everyone should enjoy, this property on 30 acres debuted in 2009. The main building is an open pavilion with a pitched roof and an exterior of local coral stone," the magazine wrote.

"Public areas create a sense of place with ten-foot-high tribal drums, carved wooden sculptures, and local art. Room interiors showcase handwoven textiles, sconces made of local capiz shells, and oars framed as art," it added.

CA allows De Lima to resolve review plea of Gerry Ortega kin

By MARK MERUEÑAS (KBK, GMA News)

The Court of Appeals has allowed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to resolve the petition filed by the family of slain environmentalist Gerry Ortega against the junking of complaint against the suspects, which include former Palawan governor Joel Reyes.

In a 19-page decision, the CA's Special First Division denied Reyes' plea seeking to bar the Office of the Secretary of Justice (OSJ) from conducting further proceedings related to the 2011 killing.

Reyes had earlier filed a petition with the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking De Lima to inhibit from resolving the petition for review following her statement alleging that the suspects employed "foul tactics and illicit means" to get a favorable decision from the CA.

In junking Reyes petition, the CA ruled that it was still premature to rule on the matter considering that De Lima has yet to rule on his motion for inhibition pending before the DOJ.

Saying Reyes failed to cite valid grounds to justify De Lima's inhibition, the CA said her public statements were not tantamount to a denial of his pending motion for inhibition.

"Granting, for the sake of argument, that the SOJ had been less than impartial because of her public statements in connection with the Ortega murder case, this does not necessarily make the entire OSJ or the DOJ also partial," the CA ruled.

"The SOJ is not the DOJ. Should the SOJ voluntarily inhibit from the case, the petition for review of Patria Gloria Ortega would still be resolved by the assigned undersecretary pursuant to Department Circular No. 66," it added.

The CA said it recognized the power of the SOJ to review, revise, reverse, or modify the resolutions of her prosecutors who conducted preliminary investigations.

"For the Court to curtail the exercise by the SOJ of her primary jurisdiction to review and supervise preliminary investigations, the petitioner will have to plead much more and not simply rely on his fears, apprehensions and suppositions," the CA said.

The ruling was penned by Associate Justice Apolinario Bruselas Jr. Concurring with it were Associate Justices Amny Lazaro-Javier and Samuel Gaerlan.

De Lima had earlier said she was merely exercising her right to free expression in airing her frustration after the CA, in March 2013, clearing Reyes of murder charges in the killing of Ortega due to the supposed procedural lapses on the part of the DOJ in investigating the case.

De Lima had hinted that she knew about "something that happened" that led to the favorable decision on Reyes. She, however, refused to elaborate, saying she has no solid proof to back her claim.

The decision clearing Reyes, who is still in hiding and believed to be outside the country, came some four months after another CA division junked similar charges against the former governor's co-accused and brother, Mayor Mario Reyes of Coron town.

A DOJ panel headed by State Prosecutor Edwin Dayog had already cleared Reyes and his brother Mario and four other suspects for insufficiency of evidence in a June 8, 2011 resolution. The Ortega camp filed a petition for review.

Instead of resolving the review plea, De Lima on September 7, 2012 formed a new panel and re-opened the case through Department Order 710, which modified the first panel's resolution and implicated the Reyes brothers in the killing.

Disorder

In a March 2013 ruling that reinstated the findings of the first DOJ panel, the CA said De Lima's creation of the second panel, as well as its findings that ran contrary to those of the first panel, caused disorder in what should have been an orderly procdure.

"Since at this precise moment this finding by the first panel of prosecutors has not yet been reversed, affirmed or modified by the Public Respondent Secretary of Justice, such finding is still valid. For all legal intents and purposes therefore, petitioner should not have been indicted for the crime of murder," the CA division had said.

The CA said instead of forming a second panel of investigators, De Lima should have resolved the Ortega camp's petition for review and reviewed the case herself, something which she did not do in violation of the rules of procedure.

In her defense, De Lima insisted that she was authorized to appoint a prosecutor to conduct a re-investigation, and that the second panel was formed even before any of the parties filed a petition for review.

She said the second panel also has “de facto authority” to conduct investigation, which makes its results valid even if DO 710 is deemed null and void.

However, the CA said there was no need to create a second panel at the time since neither party was deprived of their constitutional rights during the preliminary investigation by the first panel.

The Reyes brothers, who have repeatedly denied the accusation and said their political opponents were behind the charges, went into hiding when the second panel came out with its findings.

The victim, who was also a broadcaster, was a known staunch critic of the Reyeses and was known to make hard-hitting commentaries against the local government at that time.

El Nido wins sustainability award

(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Ten Knots’ El Nido Resorts has received another international award, the 2014 Sustainable Hotel Award in the Sustainable Communities category, from the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP).

The award was presented to El Nido Resorts for their efforts in “embracing the wisdom of partnering with local communities and investing in environmental protection.” Ten Knots Group’s president Laurent Lamasuta received the award at the presentation ceremony of the 25th annual HICAP in Hong Kong last Friday.

Lamasuta explains, “Our resorts employ 90 percent locals, whom we train and equip with the skills and knowledge to be at par with international standards. They also act as our champions for the environment, educating guests on the biodiversity of El Nido, at the same time making sure that it is protected.”

“Furthermore, we make sure that as much as possible, we source our ingredients locally, in turn reducing our food miles and creating more sustainable menus which our guests appreciate,” he adds.

The 2014 Sustainable Hotel Award marks another global recognition and affirmation that the Ten Knots Group is fully committed to responsible tourism, green practices and community development.

The Ten Knots Group, which after changes in ownership is now part of the AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corp. (AHRC), operates four luxury eco-resorts, namely, Miniloc Island, Lagen Island, Apulit Island and Pangulasian Island, all within the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area in Northern Palawan. An international panel of experts evaluated the resorts’ sustainable efforts and programs that benefit the local community.

According to the archives of the El Nido municipality, the place was “discovered” by a group of tourists in the late ‘70s on board dive boat M/V Via Mare. The group was just passing through Bacuit Bay when a fishing line disabled the boat’s propeller in the middle of the night and the crew dropped anchor. The next morning, the tourists woke up to an amazing scenery of brooding limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, clear blue waters. The scenery so impressed the travelers that in 1982 they founded a Filipino-Japanese joint venture company that set up Miniloc as a divers’ resort.

In the next decades, other resorts were added to the collection. As more travelers were impressed by the pristine environment of Bacuit Bay, the government took steps to keep it untouched through a number of laws and administrative orders. In 1998, Bacuit Bay and part of Taytay was declared a protected area.

“Miniloc and the rest of the El Nido Resorts collection are a showcase of the Philippines’ geological and biological diversity,” says Lamasuta. Sustaining the natural and cultural beauty of the islands of the El Nido Resorts collection has been a goal of its shareholders since its founding in 1982.

He adds that they have adopted the sustainable planning principles of the Ayala Land group to which it belongs and has applied these to all its properties, including its resorts.

Preserving the original ambience of the El Nido Resorts reminds visitors and shareholders alike of its original mission to “promote harmony between nature and local communities.”

HICAP is Asia’s biggest and longest-running hotel investment conference and is attended by leading industry professionals. The Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region demonstrating exemplary sustainable practices and to inspire industry-wide commitment to sustainable development and operations.

Palawan govt to assist farmers interested in cacao farming

(PNA)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The provincial government of Palawan is ready and willing to provide technical support, seeds, fertilizer and financial assistance to Palaweños, who would be interested to farm the high-value crop cacao.

Dr. Myrna Ordinario-Lacanilao, provincial livelihood sector chief, said Gov. Jose Alvarez is willing to provide all to any potential cacao farmer.

Lacanilao said each hectare of land that will be devoted to cacao farming will entail an expense of P85,000.

She said the provincial government is willing to lend the amount, and borrowers will be given three years before they start their payments. The idea, she furthered, is so that they have already done their preliminaries in cacao farming.

Each hectare, she said, can earn a cacao farmer an income of up to P149,000 from the cacao beans.

The amount that can be taken as loan, she added, can also be paid earlier than three years for the farmer to be able to sell his harvested “cacao beans” directly to the market.

Lacanilao said the provincial government is targeting to farm cacao in 1,000-hectare of land at present; 5,000 hectares in 2015; and 6,000 hectares in 2016.

The program is centered on the municipalities in southern Palawan except for the town of Narra, where the provincial government would like to concentrate on rice farming, and in Balabac, where the focus would be on seaweeds farming.

“It is Governor Alvarez’s aim to uplift the standards of living of Palaweños that is why his administration is working hard on the livelihood sector under IHELP… for effective implementation of cacao farming in Palawan,” said Lacanilao.

She assured that the supplier the provincial government will get for the project will be the one to also provide technical help, seeds and fertilizer, and also labor.

Lacanila said Alvarez’s administration will work hard to find a market for the cacao beans that will be harvested by the farmers.

“The governor wants to make sure that there will be a sure buyer of the cacao in Palawan,” Lacanilao said, adding she also once farmed cacao but it was not successful for lack of market.

She said that based on research, the demands for cacao that cannot be delivered in the domestic and international markets are 126,000 metric tons, which means the demand is high but the supplies are not enough.

Palawan students represent Phl in water rocket tilt

By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines - Students from Palawan State University (PSU) Laboratory High School will represent the Philippines in the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Water Rocket Competition in Japan in December.

Hitting the target's center and bringing home P10,000 cash prize, Nur Alan Pavlo Barte, Reniel Rosaceña with coach McArthur Maravilla bested 19 other teams from Cebu, Iloilo, Palawan and Pampanga.

Quezon National High School and Sta. Teresita National High School got the second and third place, respectively.

“The whole experience is awesome. We didn’t expect to win and we didn’t expect that we’ll be going to Tokyo to represent the country,” Barte and Rosaceña said.

Science Education Institute (SEI) Director Dr. Josette Biyo noted that the duo recorded the first ever bull's eye hit in the competition which guaranteed them the spot to represent the country in the APRSAF.

The Water Rocket Competition was part of the celebration of the 2014 World Space Week (WSW) organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the SEI. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 4 to 10 of every year as WSW to promote space science technology and its benefits among students and educators.

According to astrophysicist and Philippine Space Science Education Program Focal Person Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Puerto Princesa, Palawan is one of the best sites fro space observation in the Philippines which is why the WSW was held there this year.

“There is also a cultural aspect in bringing space education to Palawan. Early Palawenos utilized the stars to navigate the seas and for agriculture. Thus, it is very apt that we brought the World Space Week Celebration this 2014 to Palawan,” Sese said.

Biyo further noted that they want to expose students to space science in able to entice them to pursue a career in the field. The DOST is considering to establish a space agency in the future.

DOH-MIMAROPA reports 94% coverage for mass immunization campaign

By Joel Locsin/RSJ (Department of Health, Official Gazette)

The Department of Health (DOH) – MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) today reported a total of 94% coverage for the recently concluded measles, rubella and oral polio vaccine mass immunization (MR-OPV) campaign for 2014 held from September 1 to October 10, 2014.

“We will continue to provide MR-OPV to children aged 0-5 years old even after the campaign to ensure that all eligible children will be immunized and protected from measles, rubella and polio. We will visit the farthest island areas and provide health services not only to children but to everyone needing medical assistance,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

“Due to the geographical location of the islands and the inclement weather conditions that the delivery of health services in remote island municipalities and barangays were decelerated but still we will endeavor to reach all target children in the region,” Janairo assured.

The province with 100% MR vaccine immunization coverage is Occidental Mindoro with 55,897 (100%) followed by Palawan with 97,282 (99%); Oriental Mindoro with 77,473 (96%); Puerto Princesa City with 26,071 (89%); Calapan City with 13,010 (86%); Marinduque with 22,306 (84%) and Romblon with 27,941 (83%).

Palawan province has the highest OPV coverage with 114,435 (99%), Occidental Mindoro with 64,133 (98%); Oriental Mindoro with 87,274 (92%); Puerto Princesa City 30,404 (89%); Calapan City with 14,786 (83%); Romblon with 32,048 (81%); and Marinduque 25,438 (81%).

Director Janairo continues to visit remote island barangays together with local executives and health officials to conduct rapid coverage assessment on MR-OPV to provide further assistance in reaching eligible children for immunization, including the IPs or indigenous people.

“No children should be left behind. Each one must be reached and immunized and be protected against these diseases that can cause death if not properly treated. Measles, rubella and polio can be prevented only through proper vaccination. Children are our future, let us protect them,” Janairo concluded.

Coast Guard: 5 stranded passengers rescued off Palawan

By Joel Locsin/RSJ (GMA News)

Five passengers, including two teachers, were rescued after their motor boat got marooned off Coron in Palawan last weekend, the Philippine Coast Guard said late Monday.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said its Special Operations Group and K-9 personnel rescued the passengers of the motor banca "Princess Larah" three nautical miles west off Banol Beach in Coron.

After receiving a tip about the vessel, the Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue operation and rescued the passengers:

• Ruel Martirez, 27 (boat operator)
• Jeric Ladao, 23, crew
• Rowel Liado, 34, elementary teacher
• Reymond Agnir, 33, elementary teacher
• Sheilla Gabinete, 13

Investigation showed the vessel was heading from Barangay San Miguel in Linapacan to Coron when it stalled.

The passengers were in good physical condition.

ITCZ to bring light rains over Luzon

(PNA)

The Intertropical Convergenze Zone (ITCZ) continues to be the dominant weather system affecting the country, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Monday.

PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said the ITCZ is now directly affecting Southern Luzon.

ITCZ, which is the thick clouds coming from the south of Asia, is considered a breeding ground for low-pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones.

For Monday forecast, Duran said due to ITCZ it will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

He added the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country.

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

The weather bureau also issued a gale warning as the strong to gale force wind due to northeasterly windflow is affecting the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon.

“Fisherfolks and those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards,” PAGASA warned.

Group urges Ombudsman to suspend Puerto Pincesa mayor over graft charges

By Efren B. Chavez

An anti-graft group yesterday called on Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to preventively suspend Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron who was charged for alleged four counts of administrative charges and three criminal acts last year.

Leaders of the Movement Against Graft and Abuse of Power (MAGAP) claimed that Morales must enforce her mandate by imposing preventive suspension against Bayron as the crime merits for that action; and stop him from his continued grip of power that may influence bias in his favor on the graft case that — at worst — will impact to extremely prejudice the interests of the city citizenry.

Jonathan Siniel, spokesman of MAGAP, said that a public office is a public trust that Morales should, at all times, protect public interests by imposing measures and penalties against erring official/s as provided in anti-graft laws specifically Republic Act (RA) 6770, RA 6713 and RA 3019.

“Our call to Morales to suspend Bayron is a strong re-echo of the call of a lone graft complainant against the mayor to preventively suspend him; moreover, as a part of our patriotic bid to further bolster his public cause to punish erring public officials and stop abuses and corrupt acts in public offices by public officials and employees in that world-renowned Western Philippine City,” Siniel said.

As per Ombudsman record, Bayron was charged on Nov. 20, 2013 administratively for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of public service, and conduct unbecoming of a public officer; and criminally for nepotism, violation of Section 3(e), RA 3019, and falsification of public documents.

Charged along with Bayron was Karl Bayron, incumbent project manager, Bantay Puerto-VIP Security Task Force of Puerto Princesa City Hall, Palawan.

Graft complainant Aldrin Madreo, of 533 Jade Lane, Cristimar Village, Antipolo City, Metro Manila, claimed that on July 1, 2013, Bayron entered into a contract of services dated July 1, 2013 and notarized on Aug. 12, 2013 to hire Karl Bayron on the context of implementing and executing programs/projects under the approved 2013 Annual Investment Plan and 2013 Annual Budget with a monthly rate of P18,000 for the period of July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.

Madreo also averred that in the said contract, both Mayor Bayron and Karl Bayron expressly stated under oath that they are not related within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity (with the hiring authority) that is totally contradicted by a copy of a certificate of live birth of the latter issued by the National Statistics Office citing that the former (Mayor Bayron) is his first degree biological father.

With the alleged corrupt act, Madreo said, the city government of Puerto Princesa and the people of the Philippines, as a whole, likewise suffered undue injury in the amount of P16,000 monthly from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2013 or an aggregate amount of P96,000 which is punishable under Section 3(e) of RA 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, due to such irregular and contrary to the laws engagement of respondent son by the respondent father-city mayor.

He also charged that Mayor Bayron and his son, Karl, are liable for violation of Article 171, Paragraph 4 of the Revised Penal Code on falsification of public document when respondents made untruthful statements in the narration of facts — when they made it appear under oath that they are not related to each other within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity, when in truth and in fact, they are first degree relatives by consanguinity, respondent Karl Bayron, being the biological son of respondent, City Mayor Lucilo Bayron.

Madreo had asked the Ombudsman to find Mayor Bayron and his son, Karl, administratively guilty; preventively suspended from office pending investigation; and find a probable cause for the filing of criminal cases against the respondents before the Sandiganbayan.

El Nido Resorts wins at World Travel Awards 2014

(Rappler.com)

Plus, the list of winners in the Philippines category

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ El Nido Resorts has won the “Asia’s Responsible Tourism” Award in the 2014 World Travel Awards. The awarding ceremony was held October 10 at The Oberoi in New Delhi, India.

El Nido Resorts bested the following nominees in the category:

Alila Manggis, Indonesia
Andaman Discoveries
Orange County Resorts
Rainforest World Music Festival
Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Spice Village, Thekkady, India

El Nido Resorts, of the Ten Knots Group, has 4 properties in Palawan: Miniloc, Lagen and Pangulasian Islands in El Nido, and Apulit Island in Taytay. According to the press release, “All of these island resorts allow the guests to appreciate the natural beauty of the locations, and are testament to the group’s commitment to sustainable practices.”

According to its website, El Nido Resorts places great importance on sustainability – for example, ensuring that raw sewage water is not discharged into the sea via a sewage treatment plan, strict segregation of wastes, storing of rainwater with use of water-saving devices, and a complete plan for energy conservation.

The website also says that activities that do not wreak havoc on the environment are offered to the guests – for example, motorized equipment and jet skis are not allowed. El Nido Resorts also began using “eco-friendly boat engines” in 2006.

Sustainability is integrated everywhere, even in the kitchen. The resort reports that it no longer purchases grouper, given the dwindlng population, for example, and about 90% of the total kitchen purchases is of locally reared livestock. The resort purchases items made by locals, supplementing the local economy.

El Nido Resorts was previously nominated in the same category in 2013 and is nominated in the World’s Responsible Tourism Award category for 2014.

The full list of winners in Asia can be found here.

in the Philippines category, these were the winners:

Philippines' Leading Business Hotel: Intercontinental Manila
Philippines' Leading Hotel: Fairmore Makati, Philippines
Philippines' Leading Hotel Group: Seda Hotels
Philippines' Leading Hotel Suite: The Peninsula Suite at the Peninsula Manila
Philippines' Leading Resort: Amanpulo
Philippines' Leading Serviced Apartment Brand: Ascott, The Residence
Philippines' Leading Serviced Apartment: Ascott Makati

Winners were determined via voting. According to the World Travel Awards website, "the votes come from qualified executives working within travel and tourism, and the consumer travel buyer.

Votes cast by travel professionals count as two votes while the votes cast by non-industry voters count as one vote. Votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote."

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st year this 2014.

This is the latest in travel distinctions for the Philippines. The Philippines recently won "Destination of the Year" at the recent TTG Awards, and the city of Vigan is a finalist in the New 7 Wonders project, with the winner to be announced in December.

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