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Philippines, U.S., Japan hold military drills near West PH Sea

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters

TOPSHOTS  A Philippine naval personnel stands on guard during the arrival of missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) before the US-Philippine joint naval military exercise entitled 'Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training' (CARAT) near the disputed Spratly islands, in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan on June 28, 2011. The Philippines and the US will launch naval exercises as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute. The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Huge saltwater crocodile kills fisherman in latest attack in Palawan town

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Police say the 20-year-old was taken by a 4.9-meter crocodile late Tuesday, October 8, as he and a colleague sailed back to the island of Balabac after a day of fishing

Vietnamese poachers arrested in Palawan

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan says during the chase, the poachers 'were seen throwing their freshly caught fish and sharks off the boat'

Palawan News to host Information Summit

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The summit will gather over 100 key government officials from provincial and national offices, private sector leaders, and members of the Palawan working press

Residents urge mayor to block coal plant in Palawan town

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'I am not here to say 'yes' or 'no' to coal. What I'm trying to say is if it's advantageous for us, then I'll give it a go signal. But, if not, we'll stop it,' says Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao

CONSULTATION. Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao talks to residents about the planned construction of the 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the municipality. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

FALSE: Revilla 'eyes Culion, Palawan as next Bilibid Prison'

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Revilla did not propose to make Culion Island in Palawan the next Bilibid prison. The photo of the Manila Bulletin frontpage has been manipulated.

Coal threatens emerging sea cucumber culture in Palawan

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'This can affect the sea cucumber growth if untreated water is discharged to the sea, along with siltation from road construction and mining,' says a researcher from the Western Philippines University

SMOKE-DRIED. Elizabeth, a resident of Barangay Caguisan in Narra, Palawan, smoke-dries their sea cucumber catch for the month. Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Crocodile kills high school student in Palawan

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The student, a 15-year-old boy, is attacked by a crocodile while fishing with his relatives in Balabac, Palawan

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

Cebu Pacific to begin Cebu-Busuanga flights in October 2019

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Cebu Pacific's subsidiary Cebgo will fly twice daily between the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Francisco B. Reyes Airport

NEW ROUTE. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

10-year-old boy eaten by crocodile in Palawan town

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Authorities say the boy was on board with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac, which is notorious for confrontations with the massive creatures, when he was yanked into the water

AFP: 4 Chinese warships passed Palawan waters in June

Aug 06, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Western Mindanao Command says 3 of the Chinese warships were unresponsive to radio calls from Philippine troops

WESCOM CHIEF. Wescom chief Rene Medina Wescom Facebook page

Gov't decides to keep El Nido open

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido will remain open to tourists, but swimming areas will continue to be restricted

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Protect Palawan from disinformation, journalists urge students

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:41 PM

At a time when online hate spreads like wildfire and affects public discourse on social media, Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go urges students to amplify real voices online

At least 400 campus journalists, student organization leaders, school paper advisers, and other stakeholders joined #MovePalawan: Social Good in the Digital Age forum at Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Palawan

Jul 24, 2019 - 7:28 PM

As Rappler heads to the Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, for its #MovePalawan roadshow to promote social good in the digital age, here's what you need to know about the province

Gov't eyes 'selective closure' of El Nido in Palawan

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

El Nido's municipal government says it is doing its best to prevent any closure

UP NEXT? El Nido is up for a possible closure. Shutterstock photo

#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

(UPDATED) Governor Jose Alvarez, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, and one lawmaker are reelected, while two congressmen are replaced by relatives

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

Updates on Bong Revilla’s acquittal | Evening wRap

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

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