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Palawan Electric Cooperative says it has already solved its undersupply problem. Now it's grappling with another challenge: trees that obstruct their distribution lines.
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
'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
The Save Palawan Movement wants Republic Act 11259 declared unconstitutional before the plebiscite in May 2020
(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.
'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
The Philippine Coast Guard says diver Bryan Nazareno has been missing since June 3
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
Governor Jose Alvarez, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, and two of 3 lawmakers are reelected, while another congressman is replaced by his sister
The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.
'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
The hotels are served cease and desist orders for discharging wastewater without valid permits
'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 Otol Odi, 77, is elected mayor of Rizal town based on a campaign promise to protect their ancestral land
A coin toss is needed to settle who between reelectionist Noel Beronio and challenger former mayor Sue Cudilla will be proclaimed mayor
Independent candidate Gerandy Danao ends the 30-year hold of the Demaala political family on the small town of Narra in Palawan
Reelectionist Governor Jose Alvarez, who backs splitting Palawan into 3 provinces, is going up against 4 opponents, including ex-vice governor Arthur Ventura
Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III challenges Mayor Lucilo Bayron in a race full of twists and turns
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'
(UPDATED) Endemic to Palawan, the charismatic Palawan hill myna is categorized as critically endangered by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
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
(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
(UPDATED) The environment department is also eyeing to declare Bacuit Bay as a Water Quality Management Area
Duty Free Philippines Corporation also records a 2% increase in sales in 2018
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
There's more to Palawan than Puerto Princesa and El Nido
Local environment authorities have started enforcing the carrying capacity policy for El Nido's Small and Big Lagoons
The crocodile, 15.6 feet long, is believed to have killed a fisherman in Balabac, Palawan
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
As the number of visitors reaches record-high, tourism takes a toll on the environment of the once laid-back town of El Nido
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
President Duterte's environment, tourism, and interior secretaries assure the residents of this Palawan town there will be ‘no closure but only rehab’
(3rd UPDATE) Human-crocodile conflicts are a continual problem in the island-town of Balabac, which is a stronghold of saltwater crocodiles
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
'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
Concerned groups are bent on exposing what they call the 'ill intentions' behind the measure, hoping to defeat the proposal in the plebiscite
Senator Risa Hontiveros and other groups oppose splitting Palawan, saying it will benefit China. Bill to be transmitted to President Dutete for signing.
'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
The Department of Education probes the incident after it confirmed that those in the viral photos are teachers
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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
(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
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
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The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development says those behind the incident may be liable for violation of the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act
But unlike Boracay, El Nido will not be closed to tourists. The government will only shut down establishments with violations.
Environment officials say erring business owners have been given enough time to comply with environmental rules and regulations