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This Week in Palawan (March 2 to 8, 2019)

Take note of these travel updates to make your Palawan trip hassle-free.

By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | March 02, 2019
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A new RORO missionary route from Palawan to Antique has been opened.

If you want to go on an adventure in Palawan , this sunny week is the best time to do it. For those who are planning on availing El Nido island hopping tours, do note that Pinagbuyutan Island and Cadlao Lagoon are closed to the public on Saturday and Monday, respectively, for the Survivor Russia filming. Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation has opened the RORO missionary route to and from Cuyo, Palawan to San Jose de Buenavista, Antique. In other news, the Palawan Provincial Government has urged farm owners to publicly open their farms to help boost agri-tourism in the province. Read on for details and more!

Weather Update: Abundant sunshine over Palawan

This week starts with a morning shower on Saturday, but fret not since the rest of the days will be mostly sunny [1]. Whether you want to go island hopping, caving, waterfall chasing, or hiking, Palawan lends an endless list of adventure-filled activities to try out this sunshine-filled week. Day and night temperatures range from 260 C to 280 C and 260 C to 270 C, respectively. Although the week will be warm and the cold wind still prevails, it’s best to apply sunscreen and use an umbrella to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays when you go out in the sun.

Traffic News

LTO urges vehicle owners to claim their plate numbers

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has advised vehicle owners to visit the Palawan District Office in Puerto Princesa City and get their plate numbers to avoid hassle [2]. Vehicle owners who can claim theirs are those who applied in 2017 onwards. LTO Palawan District Office chief Antonia Dela Cruz said they have already released over 1,000 plates since three years ago, even as they have been continuously distributing plates every time it arrives from their regional office. Dela Cruz said clients should identify where they have registered, because they don’t cover plates applied for in the National Capital Region.

Travel Updates

DOTr opens Palawan-Antique RoRo missionary route

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), an agency under the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has opened 19 new Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) missionary routes, including the Cuyo, Palawan to San Jose de Buenavista, Antique route [3]. A RORO missionary route involves one or more direct links covering two RORO-capable ports that have no existing shipping service due to geographic limitation and/or absence of market viability. MARINA encourages shipping companies to operate in any of the newly-opened RORO missionary routes in support of the enhancement of the country’s RORO Terminal System, a seamless stretch of roads and ports to improve inter-island transportation, enhance tourism, and expand regional markets, among others.

Palawan urges farm owners: Help boost agri-tourism development

To attract more tourists, the Palawan Provincial Government is encouraging farm owners to open their properties as agri-tourism sites [4]. The Provincial Tourism Promotions and Development Department has identified farms all over the province that have potential for agri-tourism. This initiative is part of the strategic action plan for farm tourism development in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (MIMAROPA), as prescribed under the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016. The action plan, jointly crafted in February by provincial tourism officers and representatives from the tourism, agriculture, and trade and industry departments, contains programs and projects for farm tourism development in the MIMAROPA region.

El Nido’s island, lagoon closed for Survivor Russia filming

Reality television show Survivor Russia continues its filming in Palawan’s top tourist destination, El Nido [5]. The municipal government has granted the show a special permit to conduct filming from January 26 to March 5 in selected island and beach destinations in town. For this week, Pinagbuyutan Island (under Tour B) and Cadlao Lagoon (under Tour D) are closed to the public from 7 AM to 3 PM on March 2 and 4, respectively. If you’re planning on availing no-frills island hopping tours, choose Tour A (PHP 1,200/head – Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Payong-payong, Secret Lagoon, and Seven Commandos) and Tour C (PHP 1,400/head – Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Island, and Helicopter Island) instead.

Passed Laws and Ordinance: Prov’l Board asks TIEZA to build Calauit floating dock

The Palawan Provincial Board has passed a measure requesting the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to build a floating dock in the Calauit Safari Park in Busuanga [6]. This measure also intends to ask TIEZA to put up a tourist information center in the said attraction in northern Palawan, which is being managed by the Provincial Government. According to its proponent, Board Member Francis Ponce de Leon, the construction of these two facilities would help improve visitor experience. The local lawmaker said it would also cause the Provincial Government to save up and channel more funds to the maintenance of animals in the game reserve and wildlife sanctuary.

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About Keith Anthony S. Fabro
Keith Anthony Fabro is a freelancer based in Narra, Palawan. He explores the great outdoors, talks to strangers, and designs promotional materials for a living. In his free time, he practices mindful meditation or reads anything about personality psychology and the natural environment, all while listening to mellow music. When inspiration strikes, he writes spoken poetry. He can live with just water and chocolates.
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