P250M worth of fossilized giant clam shells seized in Palawan

UNTV News   •   July 1, 2021   •   583

Joint law enforcement authorities have seized approximately 150 tons of fossilized endangered giant clams locally known as “taklobo” with an estimated market value of Php 250 million at the King’s Paradise Island Resort, Barangay Panitian, Sofronio Espaniola, Palawan on Monday, June 28, 2021.

Officials of Brgy. Panitian took custody of the confiscated shells.

While only one of the four suspects identified as owners were apprehended, the other three were not present during the operation. The apprehended suspect will be charged with violation of Sec. 27 of RA 9147 of the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”.

The joint law enforcement operations were successfully undertaken by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Intelligence Group – Palawan, PCG Station Brooke’s Point, DF-332, Naval Intelligence and Security Group – West, PCSD, and PNP – Maritime Group.

Local authorities reminded the public that illegal gathering of endangered giant clam shells are prohibited. (Reported by Maribelle Boral – Cabling)

Duterte to inaugurate expanded Puerto Princesa Port in Palawan

Robie de Guzman   •   November 3, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to inaugurate the completed expansion project at the Puerto Princesa Port in Palawan on Thursday, Nov. 4, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

In a statement, the DOTr said the expansion project, which includes the construction of an additional back-up area, was completed on July 20 despite the pandemic.

“The project was carried out to make the port more productive, particularly its long-haul connection to Metro Manila and planned connectivity to the island of Mindoro via the Port of Bulalacao,” the department said.

For the past five years, the DOTR said that the Puerto Princesa Port underwent several expansions and necessary improvements as it serves as the province’s primary maritime gateway for commerce, trade, and tourism.

Around 1,500 international and local vessels call at Puerto Princesa Port per year while around 200,000 passengers use the port annually, including almost 6,000 cruise-tourism passengers. It also handles approximately 1.7 metric tons of cargoes.

The DOTr said the expansion of the Puerto Princesa Port forms part of the 472 commercial and social-tourism projects completed by the DOTr and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) nationwide since the Duterte administration took over in 2016, resulting in improved maritime connectivity and mobility in the entire archipelago.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade previously inaugurated several completed Palawan port projects in the Port of San Fernando in El Nido, Port of Bataraza in Barangay Buliluyan, and Borac Port in Coron, linking the island province to other parts of the country and nearby countries.

The completed seaport projects, under the massive Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration, are expected to generate employment for locals and usher economic and tourism growth as the country recovers from the pandemic.

Duterte will be joined by Tugade, and PPA General Manager Jay Santiago during the inauguration.

TD Lannie moves over El Nido Bay; Signal No. 1 up in northern portion of Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is bound to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday (October 6) as it moves over El Nido Bay.

In PAGASA’s 8:00 a.m. bulletin, the center of TD Lannie was estimated to be over the coastal waters of El Nido, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

Moderate to heavy rains are likely over Palawan including Calamian, Kalayaan, and Cuyo Islands. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of MIMAROPA.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) no. 1 is raised in the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian Islands.

The state weather bureau forecasts that Lannie will continue tracking northwestward and west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea away from the country until Wednesday.

“It will likely exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow afternoon or evening,” PAGASA said in its weather bulletin.

Outside the PAR region, Lannie is forecast to turn north northwestward towards southern mainland China or Hainan Island. Lannie is also estimated to intensify into a tropical storm Wednesday morning as it nears the border of the PAR. AAC

Palawan voted among world’s top 25 islands to visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021

Palawan is among the world’s top 25 islands to visit, according to a New York based travel magazine.

Travel + Leisure has included Palawan, ranking 19th with a score of 88.63. The travel magazine said this year’s World’s Best Awards survey was open for voting from January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

“The best islands in the world, according to T+L readers, are the kind of Instagram-perfect destinations that travelers fantasize about on winter evenings: dreamy, sun-drenched landscapes surrounded by the bluest waters,” according to magazine’s post.

The top 3 on the list are Milos in Greece, Folegandros also located in Greece, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. AAC

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