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VIRAL: Canadian tourist to donate P1.2M in equipment to Coron hospital

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Canadian tourist John Abou-Samra cites the excellent service at the Coron District Hospital after he met an accident in Palawan

SM Prime to open mall in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Once the mall opens on Friday September 15 it will be competing with Robinsons Place Palawan Chinatown Center Palawan NCCC Mall and LRC 908 Market Mall

ITS FIRST. SM City Puerto Princesa will have 3 levels of retail and dining floors, a supermarket, 3 158-seater SM digital cinemas, and two 48-seater Director's Club cinemas. File photo Rappler

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

Alternate route eyed for Palawan superhighway to spare 'Acacia Tunnel'

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways DPWH says it is considering an alternative route to save the century old acacia trees that form a tunnel like canopy along the national highway in Barangay Inagawan

TREES SAVED. The new Palawan superhighway won't pass through this path anymore.Photo by Edilberto Magpayo/Rappler

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Protest. Hundreds of protesters demand justice for Kian delos Santos on August 21, 2017 at the People Power Monument. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gatchalian hits 'shallow' NEA probe into Palawan blackouts

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:07 PM

In response the National Electrification Administration says it will issue a show cause order to all electric cooperatives including Paleco on why they should not be sanctioned

Group to gov't: Punish Vietnamese fishermen for Palawan shark slaughter

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

We urge the government to take swift legal action against them to send a strong message that we will not let the rape of our Philippine seas continue says Save Philippine Seas Executive Director Anna Oposa

SHARK HAUL. Authorities check the sharks in a Vietnamese fishing boat intercepted in Palawan waters. The big shark is believed to be a tiger shark. Photo from PAO WESCOM

10 Vietnamese poachers arrested off Palawan

Aug 10, 2017 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED Dead sharks are found when the Philippine Navy boarded a foreign fishing vessel sailing off Palawan

POACHERS. The Philippine Navy boards a foreign fishing vessel spotted off the coast of Palawan. Photo by PAO WESCOM

Palawan's superhighway project called an 'environmental disaster'

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Plans to expand Palawan’s national highway from two to 6 lanes has alarmed citizens and civil society groups for its potential negative environmental impacts

EXTENSION. Construction has started for the extension of the Palawan highway in the southern portion of the province. Photo courtesy of Palawan NGO Network Incorporated

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

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

'Cherry blossoms' park to rise in Puerto Princesa

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Balayong which is endemic to Palawan is in full bloom in February up to summer

Tagbanua to Nickelodeon: 'We don't need an underwater theme park in Coron'

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Coron Island is a natural paradise It doesn’t need to be developed into a man made paradise says Armil Pe Abella a Tagbanua

PRISTINE LAKE. Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan, one of the most spectacular lakes in the world. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

P30-B superhighway project to boost Palawan economy

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:19 AM

The project part of the national government priority program will expand to 6 lanes the two lane national highway that traverses El Nido town in the north to Bataraza town in the south

Local gov't seeks end to flooding problem in El Nido

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Officials of the tourist town have to hurdle an obstacle to their planned storm drainage system – convincing owners of residential homes tourist inns and business establishments to observe the setback required by law

FLOODING. Some areas in the famous tourist town of El Nido is prone to flooding. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Palawan's hazard-prone towns identified

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM

According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017 2023 an estimated 244 997 people are highly susceptible to landslides with Puerto Princesa City Roxas and Rizal having the highest population exposure

Puerto Princesa gov't eyes lawsuit vs power distributor

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Kailangang may managot dito Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron says in an emergency meeting with local officials and private sector representatives on the frequent power outages in the Palawan capital

POWER SUPPLY WOES. (R-L) Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, Provincial Legal Counsel TJ Mata, and local business leader Arjie Lim at a news briefing on July 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

SC is new battleground for coal fight in the Philippines

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The fight against coal fossil energy in the Philippines has mostly been staged in localized battlefronts including the island province of Palawan

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation off the hook

Palawan named World’s Best Island, Boracay makes top 3

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Palawan earns the top spot for the second year

NATURAL BEAUTY. Even with the influx of tourists, lagoons and islets off El Nido in Palawan are still stunning. Photo by Simon Gonzaga/ thebigblackbackpack.com

Local lawmakers want to cut up Palawan into 3 provinces

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED By creating new provinces this means old timer and newbie politicians can vie for additional government seats

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Authorities say the cargo of critically endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao's Facebook page

New San Vicente airport in Palawan to boost local tourism industry

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:24 PM

The airport can accommodate only private planes for now but Mayor Maria Carmela Alvarez says it will operate commercially by the last quarter of this year or early next year

REGIONAL AIRPORT. The San Vicente Airport's terminal building. Photo courtesy of San Vicente Info Section

Tourist influx threatens food security in El Nido

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:00 AM

There are other factors that contribute to the inadequacy of the food supply Agricultural lands being converted into resorts is one of them

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IN PHOTOS: Puerto Princesa's 'Jungle Trail' ecotourism site

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The Jungle Trail at the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan not only serves as tourist site but also gives livelihood for the Tagbanuas

GUIDED TOUR. A Tagbanua lady guiding two foreigner ladies through the national park’s lush forest. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Widespread mercury poisoning recorded in 2 Palawan villages

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the creation of a task force that will tackle the poisoning

MERCURY POISONING. Some residents in two villages in Palawan test positive for mercury poisoning. The villages are near a former open mercury mining pit.

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DENR chief vows inquiry into Nickelodeon theme park in Coron

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the inquiry on the proposed plan is to ensure at the outset that we continue to conserve and protect this last bastion of coastal biodiversity in Palawan

Palawan file photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

Coron mayor: No permit applications yet for Nickelodeon theme park

Jun 03, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Coron Mayor Ajerico Barracoso says the planned 400 hectare theme park and resort remains just a plan

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Wanda Teo: Nickelodeon theme park in Coron 'pushing through'

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:47 PM

They are not going to destroy the corals says Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo recalling the personal assurance given to her by representatives of Viacom International Media Networks and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts

TOURISM CHIEF. Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says a Nickelodeon theme park will soon rise in Coron, Palawan. Photo from Presidential Photo

DENR begins retrieval of trees cut by Palawan mining firm

May 27, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The environment department has identified a secured location where the thousands of trees will be transferred to prevent them from getting poached

File photo from Brooke's Point's official website

DENR issues show cause order vs Palawan mining firm

May 23, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Ipilan Nickel Corporation has until May 24 to explain why no criminal charges should be filed against it for cutting down trees

Palawan exec filed forestry violation case before getting killed

May 23, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Fernando Alejo 52 was the officer in charge in a Community Environment and Natural Resources Office sub station in Narra town

WATCH: First-hand look at Nickel Asia’s open pit mining in Palawan

May 23, 2017 - 12:47 PM

What exactly constitutes responsible mining ?

Rappler Talk: Nickel Asia Corp and responsible mining in Palawan

May 21, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Nickel Asia s vice president for corporate communications Jose Bayani Baylon explains their operations in the province of Palawan

WATCH: Hidden gems of the Puerto Princesa Underground River

May 20, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Find rock formations shaped like a head of a dinosaur Pegasus and even the face of Jesus at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan

Military increases visibility in Palawan, assures safety of tourists

May 18, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Soldiers as well as cops conduct foot air and sea patrols amid a supposed terror threat in the province

FULL ALERT. Troops maintain visibility throughout the province

100 HIV-positive cases recorded in Palawan – DOH

May 12, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The rise in the number of cases is due to more people who are now aware of the disease and voluntarily visiting HIV clinics to be tested says Health Regional Director Eduardo Janairo

RISE IN HIV CASES. Palawan registers a 2% increase in HIV cases, making it the 9th with the highest number of cases among provinces. Photo courtesy of DOH Mimaropa

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Youth group kicks off 'Scubasurero' in Palawan

May 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

A group of divers have committed to protecting Palawan s seas through underwater clean up drives and an environmental awareness campaign

UNDERWATER. A diver, part of the Scubasurero project, collects garbage underwater. Photo via Scubasurero sa Palawan

U.S. embassy warns citizens against traveling to Palawan

May 10, 2017 - 1:42 AM

UPDATED It has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The United States issues a travel advisory for the province of Palawan. File photo by AFP

Palawan suffers daily rotational blackouts

May 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The Palawan Electric Cooperative says independent power producers are unable to stabilize the energy supply but two of these IPPs have no penalty clause in their contracts

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperation (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

LOOK: Puerto Princesa International Airport's new terminal

May 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED The P4 5 billion terminal has a 2 600 meter runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft

Photo from Cebu Pacific

Gina Lopez faces 4th graft complaint as she awaits confirmation

May 03, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation accuses the environment secretary of usurping Congress powers when she required mines to pay P2 million per hectare of disturbed land

GOING AFTER GINA. Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation lawyer Lorna Kapunan of the environment secretary: "She cannot understand what is meant by separation of powers." Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hope, love prevail in conserving endangered Philippine cockatoo

May 02, 2017 - 11:09 AM

How an endangered species is being saved by the same community that once hunted it

ENDANGERED. The Philippine cockatoo, locally known as the katala. Photo courtesy Peter Widmann/KFI

Ex-mayor Hagedorn posts bail for SALN-related charges

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Former Puerto Princesa City Palawan mayor Edward Hagedorn allegedly did not declare as many as 59 properties plus other assets

SALN. Former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn denied misdeclaring assets in his SALN and accused the Ombudsman of overlooking evidence. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Dead pangolins found in Negros Occidental

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:47 PM

At least 15 frozen pangolins with no internal organs are found at the roadside in Bacolod City

SMUGGLED? About 15 dead pangolins are found in Bacolod, Negros Occidental on March 18, 2017. Photo by John Dale Salazar

El Nido, Palawan: Your comprehensive, updated guide

Mar 11, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Birdhouse hotel owner Mark Anthony Villaflor gives us his ultimate guide to exploring the island

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