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

by admin   |   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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DILG to summon 1k village execs defying orders on Manila Bay rehab

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will summon village chiefs who are not complying with orders in relation with the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation.

DILG Undersecretary for barangay operations, Martin Diño, said at a press briefing on Thursday that they are set to issue a show cause order against 1,000 barangays along the Manila Bay Watershed Area for failing to follow orders to strictly enforce environmental laws in their respective areas.

Diño said cases will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman if these village executives fail to justify their non-compliance with the order.

The DILG official also reiterated that the dismissal of Malay, Aklan Mayor Cicero Cawaling should serve as a warning to all local officials.

Cawaling was dismissed from public office after he was found guilty of gross neglect of duty and other offenses in relation with Boracay island’s environmental degradation.

“’Yung mga mayor sa Metro Manila at yung 179 mayors that cover Manila Bay, hindi kayo exempted dito. Baka kayo na ang kasunod,” Diño warned.

The official said 179 local government units and 5,714 barangays have been ordered to conduct weekly clean-up drives in Manila Bay and Laguna Lake in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte through Memorandum Circular No. 2019-09.

READ: PH gov’t tells metro LGUs: Impose strict guidelines on estero clean-up

In a recent statement, the DILG called on local officials anew to work closely with concerned government agencies in protecting the environment in Boracay, Manila Bay watershed and other critical areas in the country. (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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DENR releases endangered sea turtles in Boracay to celebrate Ocean’s Month

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Department of Environment and Naturan Resources (DENR) has released three endangered hawksbill turtles in Boracay in celebration of Ocean’s Month.

On Wednesday morning (May 1) the department released the hawksbill turtles in the ocean to live normally in their natural habitat.

Director of DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Dr. Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez said they prefer them to live in their natural habitat and reproduce rather than live in an enclosed aquarium.

“So we want them to grow in their natural habitat. Hindi iyong nasa loob lang ng isang aquarium or nasa isang palanggana (Not live inside an aquarium or in a basin). And of course, that’s part of conservation. We want them to swim freely around, hopefully find their mate, hopefully reproduce,” she said.

The DENR assured that the turtles are healthy and in good condition to survive in the ocean. They also placed tags on the turtles to be able to carefully monitor them.

They also advise the public to leave the turtles alone in case they see the turtles swimming in the ocean.

“Huwag silang hulihin. Huwag silang kunin. Huwag silang hawakan. Huwag nang lapitan. Just let them be, (Don’t catch them. Don’t poach them or touch them. Just let them be)” she said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, April 5th, 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

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