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Siargao, Boracay, Palawan top list of Asia’s best islands

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Boracay sunset via UNTV Drone



Three islands in the Philippines not only made it to the list of best places in Asia but also dominated the top three spots according to the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award of international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

Leading the pack is Siargao, often dubbed as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” due its towering waves.

In 2017, Conde Nast Traveler ranked Siargao Island’s Cloud Nine as the fifth best-surfing spot in the world for its thick hollow tube waves.

Meanwhile, despite being shut down for a much-needed rehabilitation, Boracay still ranked second for its world-famous powdery white sand and shallow blue water ideal for a leisurely swim or snorkel.

Claiming third spot is Palawan, home to the world’s longest underground river which was voted as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

The Department of Tourism is delighted with the latest recognition given to the country’s top destinations.

“It is an honor for our destinations to be voted once again in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. This serves as an invitation to the tourists in time for the winter vacation,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in a statement. — Chato Alonsagay | UNTV News & Rescue

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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 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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Known resort in El Nido ordered closed for violating easement zone policy

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

The Nest El Nido Resort

PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines – The Nest El Nido Resort in Barangay Masagana is facing closure after the local government’s permit and licensing inspection division denied its appeal for more time to comply with the requirements.

Local officials said the resort was previously given 20 days to comply with the three-meter easement zone policy.

Parts of the resort, including its swimming pool, are erected on the easement zone.

A team from the permit and licensing inspection division served the closure order Wednesday afternoon (November 21) after the resort management failed to meet the deadline.

 “Our violation is not harming people this is only an easement people can still pass through, we want to make sure the measurement,” explained The Nest El Nido Manager Juliet Hemplo.

“Our task is to implement the closure order and we will put the close signage outside,” argued Verie Bero, the inspector from the LGU’s permit and licensing inspection division.

Hemplo stressed that their appeal remains pending before the local government because they hold a title of the land and documents of the property which they were ordered to demolish.

The LGU earlier ordered beachfront businesses to suspend their operations until structures that are violating the three-meter easement zone policy have been demolished.

According to the permit and licensing inspection division, this is the fifth establishment they shut down since the rehabilitation of El Nido started.

Of the 3,000 business establishments in El Nido, 68 were initially found to have violated the 3-meter easement zone policy but as of now, only 15 businesses have yet to self-demolish. – Grace Casin

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Tropical Depression Samuel moves away PAR

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018


Satellite imagery as of November 22 (9:40 a.m PHT) | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Samuel made a landfall in Roxas, Palawan on Thursday (November 22) early dawn.

At 3:00 a.m on Thursday, PAGASA has observed the weather system at 75 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kilometers per hour (kph)

It is currently moving westward at 25 kilometers per hour (kph).

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) #1 over Cuyo Island has been lifted.

PAGASA said Samuel is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between Thursday evening and Friday early morning.

Based on the forecast of the weather bureau, Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo group of Islands may experience widespread moderate to heavy rains with gusty winds caused by the tropical depression.

Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, and Antique will have cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains
and thunderstorms caused by Samuel.

With Amihan or Northeast Monsoon affecting the Northern Luzon, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley Region may expect cloudy skies with light rains.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. — UNTV News & Rescue

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