El Nido Resorts Receives Global Tourism Award in Abu Dhabi

el-nido-palawan-palawanresortshotelsThis is a repost from pia.gov.ph**PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, April 17 (PIA) — It’s another win for the country as El Nido Resorts bagged the Tourism for Tomorrow Award (TTA) given recently at the 13th annual World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

El Nido Resorts is one of the 12 finalists in the prestigious TTA awards under its Community Benefit Award which recognizes tourism initiatives that have effectively demonstrated direct benefits to local people, including capacity building, the transfer of industry skills, and support for community development and enhancement and support for cultural heritage in the area.

TTA cited the resort group for hiring 90 percent of its work force from the locality, providing micro-finance support to its staff, and in its commitment to working and partnering with the community on various endeavors.

El Nido Resorts, owned and operated by the Ten Knots Development Corp, supports staff development and the creation of community enterprises. Its micro-financing to employees has enabled employees to own and manage recycling facilities; provide boat transfers and excursions; and produce a diversity of fresh, local farm products, among other businesses.

“The story began 30 years ago when we opened with a vision of achieving harmony with nature and the local community. This award is a tribute to my forbears who had a vision – it was so sustainable that it lasted until today,” said Mariglo Laririt, the resort’s Director for Sustainability who accepted the award from Her Excellency Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman.

Other finalists under the Community Benefit Award category are Loola Adventure Resort in Indonesia and Siraj Center in Palestine.

Winners in the other categories are: Peaks of the Balkans, municipality of Peja, Kosovo for the Destination Stewardship Award; &Beyond, South Africa won the Conservation Award; and the Global Tourism Business Award went to Air New Zealand, New Zealand.

The TTA awards are one of the world’s highest accolades in the travel and tourism industry given annually by the WTTC, a global forum of the industry’s leaders composed of the CEOs, chairmen, and presidents of the world’s foremost travel and tourism companies. (LBR/VSM-PIA4B, Palawan)

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“Colors of Palawan” Photo Exhibit Pushes Wildlife Awareness and Conservation

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, March 12 (PIA) — Birdwatch Palawan Ornithological Society (BPOS) will be hosting “Colors Of Palawan” Photo Exhibit featuring stunning photographs of wildlife that depicts the beauty and natural hues of the last ecological frontier.

Colors of Palawan Photo ExhibitThe exhibit also aims to raise wildlife awareness and conservation.

The event is scheduled on March 16-30 and is done in partnership with Eco-Education and Resources Center-HK, Eco-Discovery Travel and Tours and Robinsons Place – Palawan.

The opening of the exhibit on March 17 will also launch the Eco-Discovery Travel and Tours as a new emerging nature travel operator in Palawan which engages in purely ecological tourism activities like birdwatching, bird photography, diving, underwater photography, mountaineering, trekking, cultural and ethnographical immersions and events.

Birdwatch Palawan Ornithological Society is a group of birdwatchers composed of government employees, non-government workers, conservation professionals, eco-tourism frontliners and other bird lovers in Palawan. (VSM/PIA-Palawan)

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Puerto Prinsesa,Punong Abala sa Gaganaping International Dance Workshop and Festival

This is a repost from Pia.gov.ph**PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, (PIA) — Ang lungsod ang magiging punong abala sa gaganaping International Dance Workshop and Festival sa darating na Abril 11-14 na may temang “Cultural Connectivity Through Dance.”

Ayon kay City Tourism Officer Rebecca Labit, inaasahang dadaluhan ito ng 15 mga bansa at 13 grupo mula sa Pilipinas na kinabibilangan ng mga dance trainers, choreographers, directors, P.E. teachers at iba pang may hilig sa sayaw.

Sa nasabing aktibidad ang mga kalahok mula sa iba’t ibang bansa ay magtatanghal at magtuturo ng kani-kanilang mga tradisyunal, moderno at ballet na mga sayaw.

Ang gawaing ito ay alinsunod sa Presidential Proclamation No. 154 hinggil sa pagdiriwang ng National Dance Week ng bansa na ang National Commission for Culture and the Arts ang nagpapatupad.

Kaugnay ng paghahanda ng pamahalaang panglungsod hinggil sa aktibidad na ito ay tinalakay sa pagpupulong kamakailan na mga kinakailangan paghahanda at ang mga paraan kung paano itatampok ang katutubong sayaw ng Palawenyo bilang isa sa pangunahing palabas.

Ang pagpupulong na ginanap sa Asturias Hotel ay pinangunahan ni City Tourism Officer Labit at dinaluhan ng mga principal, guro at kinatawan ng mga paaralan at dance troupe sa lungsod.

Ayon kay Labit, lubos ang suporta ng City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn sa International Dance Workshop & Festival. Aniya, naniniwala ang alkalde na magiging daan ito upang magkaroon ng ugnayan ang mga lokal na mga mananayaw sa labas ng bansa o sa iba pang probinsya kung saan maipakikita ang kulturang Palawenyo.
Makakadagdag din ito sa pagpapalago ng mga kaalaman ng mga mananayaw at nagtuturo ng sayaw mula dito bukod pa sa makakatulong ito sa potensyal ng Puerto Princesa na maging isang “cultural destination” ng bansa. (LBR/CIO/OCJ-PIA4B Palawan)

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Tubbataha Marks 25th Anniversary with Photo Contest

This story was first published on pia.gov.ph by Victoria Asuncion S. Mendoza.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Jan 29 (PIA) — In celebration of Tubbataha’s 25th year anniversary, the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) is spearheading a photo contest to promote the Tubbataha experience and highlight the importance of conserving the marine sanctuary.

With the theme “Tubbataha@25: Riding the Waves of Change”, the contest is open to all photographers who have photos of the Tubbataha experience – both under and above water.

tubbataha 25th anniversary photo contestInterested individuals can submit their photo entries by emailing tubbataha25@gmail.com. Images must be in JPEG format and at least 3000×2000 pixels at 300dpi. There should be a description when and where the photo was taken.

Images will be chosen by representatives from TMO and WWF-Philippines. The images selected will be properly credited when used. They will remain the intellectual property of the photographer but the submitted photos shall be used by TMO and WWF-Philippines for a traveling photo exhibit; publicity for Tubbataha and its 25th anniversary in print, broadcast, online and social media; collateral materials to promote the exhibit and a coffee table book on the Tubbataha reefs.

Photographers whose images have been selected will be informed of the activities related to Tubbataha’s 25th Anniversary campaign. They will also be asked to sign a conforme regarding free but credited usage of their images for the campaign. (VSM/TMO/TBO – PIA-Palawan)

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Palawan, Nasungkit ang Regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi 2012

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Dis. 22 (PIA) — Nahirang ang Palawan bilang Regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awardee 2012 para sa Rehiyong MIMAROPA.

Nakamit ng lalawigan ang pinakamataas na marka sa rehiyon na 85.60%.

Ang Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (GPL) ay iginawad ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) bilang pagkilala ng “exemplary performance in local governance” ng lalawigan.

Naging batayan sa pagpili ng GPL ang Local Government Program Management System Overall Performance na may puntos na 70%; ang mga inobasyon para sa epektibong pamamahala na may 15% at ang mga natanggap na karangalan sa pamamahala na may 15% na may kabuuhang 100%.

Sa Palawan, kinilala ng GPL ang ipinapatupad na Zonal Development Management Strategy ng pamahalaang panlalawigan na malaki ang naitutulong sa pagbalangkas ng planong pangkaunlaran kung saan ang mga magkakalapit na mga munisipyo ay pinagbubuklod sa isang sona.

Ilan sa mga natanggap na pagkilala ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan na nakatulong upang makamit ng Palawan ang Regional GPL ay ang Best Booth Award Provincial Category mula sa Philippine Tour Operations Association at ang Best Practice in Public-Private Partnership for TB Control Program sa ilalim ng Center for Health and Development IV-B ng Department of Health.

Ang gawad ay tinanggap ni Gob. Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra sa pagpupulong ng Regional Development Council ng MIMAROPA kamakailan. Nagpahayag naman ng pasasalamat si Gob. Mitra sa panibagong pagkilala na nakamit ng Palawan. (PIO/OCJ/TBO-PIA4B Palawan)

Sitio sa Palawan, Pormal na Napailawan ng SEP sa Pagpasok ng 2013

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Enero 03 (PIA) — Naging maliwanag ang pagsalubong ng bagong taon ng mga residente sa Sitio Busngol, Bgy. Sta. Lourdes sa lungsod ng Puerto Princesa nang pormal na pailawan ito ng Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) bago matapos ang taong 2012.

Ang pagpapa-ilaw sa lugar ay kaugnay ng Sitio Electrification Project (SEP) ng National Electrification Administration (NEA) katuwang ang Department of Energy (DOE).

Ang sityo Busngol ay isa lamang sa siyam na sitio sa lungsod at sa lalawigan na naging benepisyaryo ng SEP. Kasama sa proyekto ang single phase primary at secondary line at libreng 20 house wiring sa mga kabahayan sa lugar.

Lubos ang naging pasasalamat ng mga residente ng nasabing lugar sa pagkakaroon nila ng linya ng kuryente. Ayon kay Florante Saycon, purok president ng So. Busngol, natupad na rin aniya ang matagal na nilang pangarap na maging maliwanag ang kanilang lugar.

Hinimok naman ni PALECO General Manager Atty. Rohima R. Sarra ang mga residente na alagaan ang linya ng kuryente at pilitin na laging malinis ang dinadaanan ng linya upang maiwasan ang pagka-antala ng daloy ng kuryente dito.

Ang iba pang sityo sa lungsod at lalawigan na benepisyaryo ng SEP ay ang Sityo Pintingan, Bgy. Isumbo sa bayan ng Sofronio Española, Sityo Marinbaras, Bgy. Magsaysay at Sityo Maringit sa Bgy. Sagpangan sa bayan ng Aborlan, Sitio Batbat, Bgy. Libertad at Sityo Kaalan, Bgy. Masagana sa bayan ng El Nido at sa lungsod ng Puerto Princesa ay ang mga Sityo San Carlos, Bgy. Bacungan, Sityo Kabayran, Bgy. Manalo at Sityo Almaciga sa Bgy. San Rafael. (LBR/OCJ/PIA4B-Palawan)

Nine MSMEs Receive Assistance from DOST SET-UP

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Jan. 3 (PIA) — Brick-making, native drum manufacturing, and food processing are just some of the businesses that received a boost in production under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (Set-Up) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Palawan.

Nine micro-, small-, medium-, enterprises (MSMEs) in Palawan benefited from the Set-Up with assistance ranging from P72,000 to P1.9 million for a total of P3.3 million release in 2012.

The most recent assistance was released in December to Gonzaga Machine and Motor Works in Puerto Princesa City for acquisition of high-precision machines valued at P1.95 million. This is also the highest amount approved for a project under Set-Up in Palawan last year.

The next big budget project is the Cashew Processing Enterprise Enhancement Project by the Paraiso Sweets and Delicacies in Puerto Princesa City. Its project cost of P328,000 is intended for upgrading its processing equipment.

The food processing projects approved under Set-Up are primarily to upgrade its equipment to enhance productivity. These are Rojem’s Homemade Candies in Taytay (P72,000); Lina’s Cashew in Roxas (P192,000); JML Homemade Delicacies in Narra (P200,000); Gabuco’s Bakeshop in Puerto Pricnesa City (P203,590); and Yamie’s Food Products in Puerto Princesa City (P187,000).

Non-food projects include Potter’s Hand Ceramic Manufacturer in Roxas given P101,430 assistance for upgrade of its equipment in the making of bricks and pottery. Origin Crafts, maker of percussion instrument and native drums is also a beneficiary with P77,400.

DOST Set-Up is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist small businesses to adopt technological innovations to improve their operations, and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness.

Under the program, the beneficiary is able to address its technical problem through technology transfer and technological interventions through better product quality, human resources development, cost minimization, waste management, and other operation-related activities.

The financial assistance is payable within three years without interest. There is already a total of 21 project beneficiaries of DOST’s Set-Up in the province. (VSM/TBO-PIA 4B, Palawan)