Father recovers son’s head, right leg after crocodile attack in Balabac, Palawan

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019   •   692

PALAWAN, Philippines – MIMAROPA Police reported on Wednesday (August 14) that a 10-year-old boy was attacked and bitten by a crocodile in the swampy waters of Sitio Tagpanasan in Barangay Salang, Balabac, Palawan on Sunday (August 11).

The incident happened when the victim, Milhasan Suraping, along with his brother Lokan (12) and sister Marlina (15) went to a store using a small boat.

Investigation revealed that the victim was sitting at the back of the boat when he was suddenly attacked and snapped by a crocodile.

The victim’s father, Robinsio Suraping, immediately reported the incident to Balabac Municipal Police and together with his neighbors, they conducted search and rescue until 1:00 AM the following day.

Personnel of Balabac MPS, DENR, MDRMO, PCG and SBU joined the search and rescue.

It was only on Tuesday (August 13) when fisherman Ajalong Amalong, a resident of Sition Odyong in Barangay Catagupan, found the victim’s head and right leg at the mangrove in the area of Sitio Tagpanasan.

After recovering and cleaning the boy’s body parts, Robinsio immediately buried his son’s remains. – MNP

Gov’t extends rehabilitation works in El Nido

Marje Pelayo   •   August 2, 2019

El Nido Lagoon in Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – Top tourist destination El Nido in Palawan will not be closed to tourists despite decision to extend rehabilitation works in the island.

The rehabilitation program is managed by an interagency task force composed of the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, the Interior and Local Government and Tourism.

On August 4 a 20-day inspection and investigation will commence to determine the owners and which establishments are non-compliant to the environmental law and hold no necessary permits.

Those who fail government auditing will be ordered closed.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año noted however, that it would be impossible to demolish all structures established within the 20-meter easement zone.

“What we want to promote are the islands of El Nido,” Año said.

“Doon dapat pumunta ang mga tourist doon sa sentro (Tourists should be led to the city center). It’s more on commercial ang lodging, accommodation for the tourist,” he added.

Meanwhile, several areas in Bacuit Bay were declared ‘no swimming zone’ due to contaminated water and because the structures there were already by the beach.

These areas are the Corong-Corong Outfall, El Nido Estero Outfall, Masagana Outfall anf Cabugao Outfall.

“Ang Corong-Corong Outfall, ang fecal coliform is now at 99,315. Ang normal is 100, (Corong-Corong Outfall’s fecal coliform (level) is now at 99,315. The normal level is (only) 100,)” noted Tourism Secretary Bernadet Romolu-Puyat.

“Maiintindihan naman nila siguro kung bakit bawal mag swimming, (They would understand why swimming is banned),” she added.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu stressed that this effort of the government is a way to protect the area and so as not to worsen pollution problems in the island such as what happened in Boracay.

“We will continue to stop this because we cannot allow na mag-deteriorate ang El Nido (to deteriorate) into another Boracay,” Cimatu said.

According to DOT, there are about 200,000 tourists that visit El Nido every year. – with reports from Rey Pelayo

Gov’t vows fewer power disruptions in Palawan before year-end

Robie de Guzman   •   April 5, 2019

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President Rodrigo Duterte has promised an improvement in the power supply situation in the province of Palawan before 2019 ends.

Speaking at a PDP-Laban’s campaign rally in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Thursday, Duterte assured there will be fewer power disruptions in the province once the Department of Energy (DOE) has completed the study it is conducting on the power transmission and distribution of the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO).  

Duterte noted at the sortie that he brought Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to Palawan so he could address any community concerns regarding power supply.

“I believe that the last time I was here I promised you that there will be an improvement. I assure you that before the end of the year, there is [going to be] a reduced rotation in the number of hours and maybe lessening of the inconvenience. Tinatapos lang nila,” Duterte told the crowd at the political rally.

The President said the DOE is conducting a study with Shanghai Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd. on how to improve the power situation in the province. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Duterte also said he is “pissed off to no end” about how slow the government moves, mostly due to graft and corruption that were already lodged so deep in the system.

“Napakatagal because they purposely do it to commit graft and sometimes it is really a circuitous thing, a very tedious process of getting the papers to the grid. There is always a monkey wrench,” Duterte lamented.

Duterte said he needs a “faster Cabinet and a fast bureaucracy” as he is trying to double time in fulfilling the promises he made to the Filipinos before his term ends in 2022.

“I am a man in a hurry. I have about three years more or less, few months left, and there are things which I believe I must act on para ‘maitupad ko [sa inyo] ‘yung promise ko,” he said.

Duterte said his commitment revolves around “controlling corruption in the government, dealing with the drug problem besetting the country, reducing up to totally eradicating criminality, and improving the relationship with other countries.” – Robie de Guzman

Malacañang: No need to issue executive order for Panglao, El Nido rehabilitation

Marje Pelayo   •   December 5, 2018

 

Aerial shot of Panglao, Bohol | UNTV Drone

PALAWAN, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will not issue an executive order to shut down the islands of Panglao in Bohol and El Nido in Palawan to give way to rehabilitation efforts.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, this was agreed during the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (December 4).

“On the rehabilitation of Panglao Island in Bohol and El Nido in Palawan, the Cabinet agreed that there is no need to issue an executive order,” Panelo said.

Unlike Boracay island which was ordered totally closed for six months for rehabilitation, Panglao and El Nido islands will remain open amid rehabilitation works.

The government is preparing for more clean-up efforts after inspecting El Nido last week. – UNTV News and Rescue

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