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This Week in Palawan (May 11 to 17, 2019)

Palawan is becoming more eco-friendly thanks to these developments. Read on for more news updates!

By: Keith Anthony S. Fabro | May 11, 2019
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The town of San Vicente receives 50 units of e-trikes from the national government.

Image: Information and Communication Section of San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan welcomes a partly sunny to cloudy weather this week. Meanwhile, the town of San Vicente goes green with the 50 eco-friendly electric tricycles (e-trikes) they received from the national government. Going further up north in El Nido, the municipal government has appealed to the community for continuous support in environmental law compliance, even after the town rehabilitation deadline this month. Finally, there is good news in Coron as additional tourist establishment representatives were recently trained on basic life support ensuring the health and safety of their guests. Read on for details and more!

Weather: Partly sunny with morning showers, thunderstorms

Partly sunny to cloudy skies with a couple of morning showers and thunderstorms are expected to prevail throughout the week [1]. For daily forecasts, the first two days of the week will be graced by morning showers while the sun will shine in all its glory the following day. Meanwhile, cloudy skies punctuated with thunderstorms are predicted to dominate the succeeding two days. The partly sunny to cloudy skies bringing in morning showers will then continue to hover over the province in the last two days of the week. All in all, it’s still going to be a hot summer week, with day and night temperatures ranging from 29.40 C to 350 C and 260 C to 28.30 C, respectively. To cool yourself down and avoid heat stroke, wear light-colored, thin fabrics, drink plenty of water and increase further your fluid intake by munching on fruits with high water content.

Traffic News: San Vicente town receives 50 e-trikes

The Department of Energy (DOE) donated 50 units of electric tricycles (e-trikes) worth PhP 22 million to the emerging tourist town of San Vicente in northern Palawan [2]. For the municipal government officials, the recent turnover was “a very significant event” as it supports their bid towards making the town carbon-free and clean energy-dependent. “This ceremony actually signals our full shift to sustainable transportation in line with our 30-year master plan, being the country’s pilot Ecotown, and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals Framework,” said Municipal Administrator James Inawasan. He added that qualified operators will receive the e-trikes on a rent-to-own scheme, and the rent proceeds will be used to buy additional units for other drivers. San Vicente was the second Palawan town after Brooke’s Point to benefit from the said DOE project.

Travel Updates

Coron hotel, other tourist establishment reps train on basic life support

Another 30 individuals from hotels and other tourist establishments in Coron were recently trained on basic life support (BLS) jointly organized by Calamianes Association of Tourist Establishments, Inc. and Philippine Red Cross [3]. The first aid training for the hospitality industry is one of the requirements in seeking accreditations, specifically from the Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Tourism, which ensure the preparedness of establishments in implementing emergency procedures.

Continue protecting El Nido even after rehab deadline, local gov’t urges

As the six-month El Nido rehabilitation ends on May 31, the El Nido municipal government has appealed to both residents and tourists to “carry on strict compliance to laws” even beyond the deadline imposed by the national government [4]. “This is a loud reminder that taking care of El Nido should not end on May 31st. This cause shall be continuously prevalent in the coming years because now more than ever, El Nido needs us most. The six-month rehabilitation attends to be the pilot period for us to religiously do what needs to be done in keeping our El Nido a gem,” the municipal tourism wrote in a Facebook post. Spared from total closure, El Nido has undergone rehab efforts aimed at enforcing carrying capacity policies in heavily-visited lagoons, and improving the town’s water quality and coastal easement by closing down erring establishments.

Passed Laws and Ordinances: Drought pushes Puerto Princesa City gov’t to declare calamity state

The Puerto Princesa City Council recently approved a resolution placing the city under the state of calamity. This was due to prolonged drought that has caused a water shortage and affected a total of 65,445 residents in 21 barangays since February [5]. Meanwhile, the dry spell since January to April has left Php 5.8 million in agricultural production losses. With the declaration, the City Government can tap into its calamity fund that can be used primarily for the cloud seeding operations costing Php 1.8 million. The cloud seeding aims to increase the City’s water supply main source, Campo Uno dam.

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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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