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#MovePalawan: MovePH goes to PSU to talk about social good in the digital age

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

This is the first MovePH roadshow in Mimaropa. Tickets to the forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Palawan is 2019's 2nd-best island in the world

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:26 AM

...but of course that doesn't come as a surprise

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

No end in sight to 'unrelenting' power outages in Palawan

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Palawan Electric Cooperative says it has already solved its undersupply problem. Now it's grappling with another challenge: trees that obstruct their distribution lines.

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Can Supreme Court force Duterte gov't to protect West PH Sea?

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a petition by fishermen, accusing the Duterte government of failure to enforce the fisheries code and other environmental issuances in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dolphin dies in El Nido after eating garbage bag

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:14 PM

'The (plastic garbage bag) was so tightly-packed that the bones from the fish it ate after was not even able to pass through,' says El Nido Resorts-Be Green

In El Nido, dolphin died after swallowing plastic garbage bag. Photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts facebook page

Group asks Supreme Court to block law dividing Palawan

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The Save Palawan Movement wants Republic Act 11259 declared unconstitutional before the plebiscite in May 2020

UNESCO title seen to help safeguard Palawan's imperiled mountain range

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List since 2015. Local officials say its potential inscription will add 'another layer of protection' to the area.

IRREPLACEABLE. Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape is the highest peak in the province, standing at 2,086 meters above sea level. Photo by MMPL Protected Area Office

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Tubbataha Reef

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says diver Bryan Nazareno has been missing since June 3

Palawan's indigenous women lead sustainable upland farming, forest protection

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The alternative livelihood is seen to gradually wean indigenous peoples away from engaging in wildlife poaching and expanding their kaingin farm areas in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape

AGRICULTURE. The 33 watersheds within the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape are extremely valuable to the lowland agriculture economy in southern Palawan.  Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Top Palawan politicians capture key posts ahead of province’s planned split

May 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Governor Jose Alvarez, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, and two of 3 lawmakers are reelected, while another congressman is replaced by his sister

PALAWAN POLS. Governor Jose Alvarez (1st from left) lead the politicians who won key posts in Palawan in the 2019 polls. Photos from Palawan official website, House of Representatives website, and Facebook accounts

How did localities mired in environmental woes vote in 2019 elections?

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.

Palawan group accuses reelected Governor Alvarez of vote buying

May 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Bakit naman iuugnay sa akin? Nakita ba akong nang-aabot ng pera? Wala eh,' says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, in response to vote-buying allegations

DENR flags 10 hotels 'gravely polluting' El Nido's Bacuit Bay

May 18, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The hotels are served cease and desist orders for discharging wastewater without valid permits

Bacuit Bay. Photo from Shutterstock

Palawan town reelects anti-mining mayor

May 17, 2019 - 11:12 PM

'You can rest assured that I will continue to serve with a heart for the townspeople and environment. I believe when you're serving the people, you're also serving God,' says Mayor-elect Mary Jean Feliciano

Tribal leader makes history as new mayor of Palawan town

May 17, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Tribal leader Otol Odi, 77, is elected mayor of Rizal town based on a campaign promise to protect their ancestral land

MAKING HISTORY. A member of the Palaw'an indigenous group makes history as the first member of the tribe to become a mayor. Photo from the Facebook page of Mackie Ong Baluyut

Coin toss decides mayoral race in Palawan town

May 17, 2019 - 6:50 AM

A coin toss is needed to settle who between reelectionist Noel Beronio and challenger former mayor Sue Cudilla will be proclaimed mayor

Farmer defeats 30-year-old dynasty in Palawan town

May 15, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Independent candidate Gerandy Danao ends the 30-year hold of the Demaala political family on the small town of Narra in Palawan

2019 elections a rematch for top Palawan gubernatorial candidates

May 12, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Reelectionist Governor Jose Alvarez, who backs splitting Palawan into 3 provinces, is going up against 4 opponents, including ex-vice governor Arthur Ventura

Puerto Princesa's choices: A mayor accused of graft or a vice mayor once jailed for drugs

May 11, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III challenges Mayor Lucilo Bayron in a race full of twists and turns

BITTER RIVALRY. Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron faces Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III in 2019. Photos from Lucilo 'Cecil' Rodriguez Bayron Facebook page, VM Luis Marcaida III Twitter account

DENR removes hostel's illegal drain pipe along El Nido beach

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says Outpost Beach Hostel's use of the hidden sewage line is a 'blatant disregard for the environment'

UNDER REHAB. The government is now rehabilitating El Nido, Palawan, a popular tourist destination. File photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism

LOOK: Over 100 Palawan mynas rescued from poacher

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:46 PM

(UPDATED) Endemic to Palawan, the charismatic Palawan hill myna is categorized as critically endangered by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development

RESCUED. Palawan authorities rescue over 100 Palawan mynah birds from a poacher. Photo from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development

Palawan fishermen sue Duterte gov’t for West PH Sea neglect

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Members of the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association, along with fishermen from Zambales, file a petition against the DENR, DA, BFAR, Navy, PCG, PNP, and DOJ

Duterte signs law breaking up Palawan into 3 provinces

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(UPDATED) The provinces of Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur will be created upon approval of a majority of voters in a May 2020 plebiscite that excludes Puerto Princesa residents

DENR aims to make Bacuit Bay in El Nido swimmable again by May

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) The environment department is also eyeing to declare Bacuit Bay as a Water Quality Management Area

Duty Free to open new stores in Palawan, Bohol in 2019

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Duty Free Philippines Corporation also records a 2% increase in sales in 2018

PHILIPPINES' FINEST. Duty Free Philippines Corporation COO Vicente Angala says most homegrown products will be added at the 'Philippines' Finest' kiosks in line with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat's thrust. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

SC rules: No share for Palawan in Camago-Malampaya gas project proceeds

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The unanimous decision is that the earnings from the offshore gas project will go to the national government because Palawan's jurisdiction refers only to land area

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Exploring Southern Palawan: Chasing waterfalls in Narra

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

There's more to Palawan than Puerto Princesa and El Nido

OFF THE BUCKET LIST. A group of adventure-seekers who spent days of trekking to get to Estrella's 64th waterfall. Photo courtesy of Narra Municipal Tourism Office

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Dec 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Carrying capacity policy in El Nido's lagoons takes effect

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Local environment authorities have started enforcing the carrying capacity policy for El Nido's Small and Big Lagoons

EL NIDO. Tourists at El Nido's Small Lagoon. Photo courtesy Provincial Information Office, Palawan

Palawan authorities capture 'man-eating' crocodile

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The crocodile, 15.6 feet long, is believed to have killed a fisherman in Balabac, Palawan

Photo by Rizzie Ancheta

EL NIDO: Garbage woes threaten the future

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

An increase in the volume of garbage due to the influx of visitors adds to the environmental woes already threatening El Nido’s booming tourism industry

El Nido: Tourism's boon and bane

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:27 PM

As the number of visitors reaches record-high, tourism takes a toll on the environment of the once laid-back town of El Nido

Authorities launch hunt for man-eating crocodile in Palawan town

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A joint team of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center are in Balabac town to capture the crocodile believed to be over 10 feet long

CROCODILE. A Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) glides silently through a swamp on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. Photo by Gregg Yan via Wikimedia Commons

El Nido rehab to focus on water quality, coastal easement, carrying capacity

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte's environment, tourism, and interior secretaries assure the residents of this Palawan town there will be ‘no closure but only rehab’

NO CLOSURE. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the tourism town of El Nido will be rehabilitated in 6 months. Photo courtsey of Department of Tourism

Palawan police recover body of fisherman attacked by crocodile

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Human-crocodile conflicts are a continual problem in the island-town of Balabac, which is a stronghold of saltwater crocodiles

DENR, DILG, DOT chiefs to map out El Nido rehabilitation plan

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will be in El Nido town on November 28 to meet with local officials

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Palawan records increase in malaria cases

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'We expect to meet the malaria-free target in the province despite the difficulty to reach malaria-stricken mountainous areas,' says health official Mario Baquilod

Is it too late to debate breaking up Palawan into 3 provinces?

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Concerned groups are bent on exposing what they call the 'ill intentions' behind the measure, hoping to defeat the proposal in the plebiscite

Congress passes bill creating 3 new Palawan provinces

Nov 19, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros and other groups oppose splitting Palawan, saying it will benefit China. Bill to be transmitted to President Dutete for signing.

3 PROVINCES. A map showing the proposed composition of the 3 new provinces of Palawan.

Splitting Palawan into 3 provinces may benefit China – analyst

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'If China wants a military base on Palawan, mining rights, or fishing rights, after breakup it would have multiple officials with whom it can negotiate or bribe, playing one against the other,' says Europe-based analyst Anders Corr

3 PALAWAN PROVINCES? The image shows lawmakers' proposed division of Palawan into 3 provinces

DepEd investigates starfish-throwing incident in Palawan

Nov 16, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Education probes the incident after it confirmed that those in the viral photos are teachers

ANIMAL ABUSE. Palawan authorities are looking for the people in this photo caught playing with live starfish in a Palawan beach supposedly in late October 2018. Photo from Palawan Supernews Facebook Page

Jojo Binay: Abby Binay 'deserves to be reelected' | Evening wRap

Nov 15, 2018 - 7:38 PM

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50 more establishments in El Nido face closure

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Erring business establishments will be temporarily closed until they fully comply with the requirements, including the self-demolition order on structures encroaching on the easement zone

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Local officials, businessmen hail gov't decision vs El Nido shutdown

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido officials and business owners welcome the decision of the national government to order the closure only of erring establishments, and not the entire town

EL NIDO. Ei Nido town in Palawan is known for its white sand beaches and limestone formations. Photo by Андрей Бобровский, CC BY 3.0

Cop rapes rookie policewoman in Puerto Princesa

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Police Officer 3 Jernie Ramirez, an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City, has been detained at the Palawan capital's police office

POLICE RAPE. The suspect is an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City. Rappler file photo

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row | Evening wRap

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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Palawan officials probe starfish-throwing incident

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development says those behind the incident may be liable for violation of the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act

ANIMAL ABUSE. Palawan authorities are looking for the people in this photo caught playing with live starfish, supposedly in a Palawan beach. Photo from Project Alagalaan Facebook Page

Rehabilitation set for 'overcrowded' El Nido, Palawan

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

But unlike Boracay, El Nido will not be closed to tourists. The government will only shut down establishments with violations.

DENR targets full El Nido cleanup by end-2018

Nov 13, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Environment officials say erring business owners have been given enough time to comply with environmental rules and regulations

EL NIDO COASTLINE. A view of the El Nido coastline years before the DENR clean-up. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons