Pangolin found in Ayala Alabang to return home in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2021   •   600

The pangolin that was found in Barangay Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa will soon be homeward bound to its natural habitat in Palawan.

Last Monday (August 16), a resident turned over a Philippine pangolin to the National Wildlife Rescue and Research Center (NWRRC) after finding it in their backyard. Rescuers immediately responded and took custody of the pangolin which was named ‘Pandi’.

According to the NWRRC, Pandi has minor cuts around his body but his health is in stable condition.

Bukod doon sa mga minor scratch niya wala pa namang alarming na sign na medyo kailangan naming bantayan ng sobra, (Aside from minor scratches [Pandi] does not have any alarming signs that would need our utmost attention),” according to NWRRC chief and in-house veterinarian Dr. Glenn Maguad.

Pandi is now scheduled to return to Palawan, however, no date has been set yet.

Pangolins are considered a critically endangered species and the most traffic wildlife. Pangolins are being traded primarily as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.

Maguad said pangolins are considered gardeners of the forest because they like to dig rotten trees for termites. They contribute to the ecosystem through soil conditioning. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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

PCG rescues stranded residents amid heavy flooding in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted in the rescue of 50 residents in El Nido, Palawan amid flooding.

Barangay Manlag, El Nido, Palawan was submerged in floodwater, following torrential rainfall that started at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (July 15). The PCG rescued a total of 50 residents, including two infants.

PCG District Palawan Commander, Commodore Genito Basilio said he immediately deployed personnel and assets to assist the local government units of El Nido and other concerned government agencies in ensuring the safety of affected residents.

“Despite our pressing mandate and firm commitment to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the West Philippine Sea and the Kalayaan Island Group, rest assured the PCG District Palawan and Coast Guard vessels under the Task Force Pagsasanay will always be there to render humanitarian assistance to the people of Palawan,” he said.

The PCG also dispatched personnel to assist rescue and evacuation efforts in Barangay Pasadeña, Barangay Barotuan, and Barangay Libertad. It also assisted a motorbanca who experienced engine trouble during the heavy rainfall.

As of July 16, majority of the rescued residents were able to return to their homes after floodwater subsided in El Nido. AAC

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