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Old August 5th, 2009, 06:19 AM   #121
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DAR awards farmlands to 629 farmer-beneficiaries
Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga / Correspondent
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 19:10

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced on Monday the distribution of 314.5 hectares of privately owned agricultural land to 629 farmer-beneficiaries in Occidental Mindoro.

The awarding of the farmlands under compulsory acquisition was the first this year. Last December, Congress temporarily extended the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) up to June 30 pending the passage of the CARP extension law, Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman said.

The resolution was carried out 23 days before President Arroyo formally signs on August 7 the new CARP extension law, which was passed on third reading by the joint Congress bicameral committee last month.

“This is a moral victory for CARP and a strong message to all that we really mean business as we resume our job of distributing at least a million more hectares of agricultural lands within five years,” Pangandaman said.

He said the awarding of the property located in barangay Bubog, San Jose town, owned by Marken Corp., took six days to complete. It started on July 10, when his local officials and personnel went to the area, despite threats of bodily harm coming from both the former landowner and pseudo farmer-beneficiaries.

Farmer-beneficiaries finally received their certificate of land ownership award, ending more than a decade of struggle. Each of the beneficiaries was awarded at least one-and-a-half hectares of farm.

The presence of policemen dispatched by provincial director Senior Supt. Cesar Miranda ensured the peaceful and orderly installation of the rightful beneficiaries, which was witnessed by local barangay officials led by their chairman Jose Villarosa.
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WOW Philippines highlights Marinduque

August 8, 2009, 1:23pm

Discover the unexplored wonders of Marinduque as the Department of Tourism highlights the sights and sounds of the magical island province in the WOW Philippines exhibit at the DoT Clamshell in Intramuros, Manila.
See up and close and personal the legendary “moryon” or masked centurion, the main character in the colorful Lenten “Moriones Festival,” Marinduque’s main tourist drawer.

Or be a king or queen for an evening as old women crown you in the traditional putongan welcome ceremony for guests, along with native dance and music from a kalutang ensemble.

Situated province off mainland Luzon, Marinduque is a heart-shaped island which can be reached by a fast craft or RoRo boat ride from Lucena City or a short flight from Manila via Zest Air.

It is an alluring hideaway with a plethora of natural wonders, among them, Bonliw-Cagpo-Poctoy Fish Sanctuary and Poctoy White Beach in Torrijos, Tres Reyes Marine Sanctuary Gasan, Bathala Caves in Sta. Cruz, and Malbog Hot Springs in Buenavista.

Transport yourself in the mystical Greek Santorini Island-themed Bellaroca Island Resort and Spa, a world-class resort hotel in Elefante Island in Gasan town. Meanwhile, outdoor lovers can scale the Balabag mountain range and Mt. Malindig, Marinduque’s highest peak and sanctuary to different species of wild orchids and endemic wildlife.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 12:27 AM   #123
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Construction of airport to Boracay starts soon
By Delon Porcalla (philstar.com) Updated August 22, 2009 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - The construction of the P3-billion modern international airport in a small island near Romblon province – dubbed as the best and nearest alternative to the overcrowded resort island of Boracay – would start soon, local officials said.

Romblon officials led by Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona and Gov. Natalio Beltran III said the groundbreaking of the Carabao Island International Airport (CIIA) would start next month.

Madrona said the construction of the modern international airport, expected to be fully operational by 2012, is a private-sector initiative.

Investors from Europe, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have earlier expressed interest in the island as an alternate site for their investments. The site is located in San Jose town, an island in Romblon that can be reached by a 15-minute boat ride from Boracay.

San Jose, just a 30-minute flight away from Manila, is a carabao-shaped island. The proposed world-class airport project, when completed, can accommodate Airbuses planes and other similar huge aircraft.

Madrona said the CIIA could be an alternate to the existing airports in Tugdan, Alcantara in Tablas Island in Romblon, Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan, which foreign and domestic tourists use in going to Boracay.

Caticlan airport has been closed recently for renovation.

San Jose town Mayor Fil Tandog said the island is like Boracay with white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters ideal for diving.

Tandog said the island, popularly known as Isla de Carabao, is four times bigger than Boracay.

Tandog revealed that several foreign investors from Taiwan, Korea, Japan and US have already visited his town and signified their intention to invest in the island to put up hotels, restaurants, golf courses, resorts and other modern amenities.

With the signified investments, prices of prime property in the municipality went up from P150 per square meter to as much as P500.

Beachfront rates, on the other hand, are much higher – ranging from P4,000 to P5,000 per square meter.

Real estate in San Jose is much cheaper compared to Boracay because properties in the virgin island are virtually unoccupied and owned by original settlers who have been residing in the area for years.

Members of the provincial board in Romblon led by Fred Dorado hailed President Arroyo for taking the initiative to put the region in the country’s tourism map.

Dorado assured foreign and local investors that they would enact a measure to lower the taxes in the province.

The construction of the airport is expected to generate entrepreneurial opportunities and new jobs, thereby increasing economic activities for the people of the municipality, including the remaining 14 towns of the province, officials said.

Beltran added the airport in Carabao Island will provide steady jobs and income for all the residents where fishing and farming remain the main sources of livelihood.
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Gold, silver deposits in Mindoro, Panay probable — scientists
By RIO ROSE RIBAYA
August 31, 2009, 7:26pm

Filipino scientists Monday said they believe that there are high probabilities of large deposits of gold and silver in the central parts of Mindoro and Panay after both islands were identified as the “collision zone” of two crashing tectonic plates holding Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) explained that mineral resource potential usually follow and is relative to a major crustal deformation, which scientists from credible universities in the Philippines and Taiwan recently discovered occurring in the Western Visayas region.

“We are convinced (that) there are mineral deposits like gold, silver, copper, zinc, and other precious metals in Mindoro and Panay (islands),” Dr. Graciano Yumul, DoST undersecretary for research and development, told the Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview.

Yumul explained that mineralization normally occurs in the extension zones of a land mass like mountains particularly volcanoes, where “there is high possibility for mineralization because they have fluids with metals like gold, copper, and zinc (underneath).”

The DoST official added that the on going “head-on collision” of the plate holding Palawan islands with the plate underneath Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in Western Visayas will gradually create a whole new “zone of extensions” in the land mass of Mindoro and Panay islands.

“The collision zone creates fractures on faults in Mindoro or Panay that we call zone of extensions where there could have been deposits of fluid and other precious metals,” Yumul explained.

“They usually lie in the middle of the islands near and where there are high mountains mountains like the towns of San Jose, Halcon, and Sablayan in Mindoro island and in Antique in the island of Panay,” he noted
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There ought to be gold in them dar hills. That's why the island is called Mina de Oro or Mindoro.
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Bellaroca Island Resort & Spa, Marinduque



I happen to know its existence upon browsing a 2009/10 travel catalogue/magazine of Asian resorts at a book shop earlier today.

It looks like a massive development they have there without so much exposure/promotion.
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Looks nice! From this photo it can be mistaken for a Mediterranean luxury isle.
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Where do they get their water for everyday use?
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Old September 21st, 2009, 02:43 PM   #129
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MIMAROPA observes 15th annual NCPW commemoration

By Louie T. Cueto

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (2 September) -- To promote community involvement, participation, and build & maintain public commitment in activities that effectively deter commission of crimes, the regional kick-off activity in observance of this year's National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) was held at the municipal gymnasium of this town, Sept. 2.

This year's theme "Labanan ang Krimen, Pamilya Patatagin" is in line with Presidential Proclamation No. 461, dated August 31, 1994 declaring the first week of September of every year as National Crime Prevention Week, 15th year now.

A parade within the town proper of San Jose composed of employees from the national government agencies, local government units, regional line agencies, and students from DepEd signaled the kick-off ceremony of this year's celebration followed by a short program. It was spearheaded by Gov. Josephine R. Sato of Occidental Mindoro, chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council together with Police Chief Superintendent Paul Pueblos Mascarinas, PNP Regional Director of MIMAROPA and at the same time Vice Chairman of the Regional Peace & Order Council.

Before the formal opening of the program, judging of entry slogans of DepEd students, PNP, barangay level, and LGUs was held with Dir. Raquel Ramos of NAPOLCOM as chairperson and with two others from the religious sector as members.

In his opening remarks, Mayor Romulo Festin of San Jose welcomed all participants who joined with the celebration. He also emphasized and encouraged all concerned individuals to immediately report crimes or any untoward incidents to concerned government agency like the PNP through text or by any means so that crimes would be prevented.

PCSUPT Mascarinas said that the observance of the 15th Crime Prevention reminds everybody to keep our country safe from all forms of crimes. Also, he mentioned his full satisfaction on the PNP's performance in their plight against crimes in their respective area of jurisdiction.

Moreover, instead of giving her message, Gov. Sato sponsored a contest for elementary and high school students where the governor herself acted as host or interviewer. She called only 10 students from different schools and asked them one by one to explain what is crime. The question was translated into vernacular for them to express well their understanding. Four students were chosen winners based on their way of answering. The first placer, a Grade Six pupil was given a cash prize of P1,000 and the remaining three winners were given P500 each by the governor. In this activity, Gov. Sato was able to explain well the root causes of crime especially to large number of students present during the affair.

Part of the program at around 10:00 a.m. was the simultaneous whistle blowing made by heads of regional line agencies and local chief executives and noise barrage created by students and other participants who have no whistles during that time.

Dir. Ramos of NAPOLCOM IV-B gave her final remarks focusing on the significant event made that time as well as active participation of everyone towards the prevention of crime in the community. (PIA-MIMAROPA)
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Mindoro executives hit ECC for mining project
By Katherine Adraneda (The Philippine Star) Updated November 07, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Provincial and local officials as well as Church-based and non-government organizations in Mindoro have declared “war” against the move of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza to issue an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for a nickel mining project in the province last Oct. 14.

In a press conference yesterday, the Mindoro officials and leaders led by Governors Josephine Ramirez-Sato and Arnan Panaligan of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, respectively, vowed to fight “all the way” the ECC for the 11,216.6-hectare Mindoro Nickel Mining Project, and called on the national government, particularly Atienza and especially President Arroyo, to heed their demand and respect their resolution for a moratorium on mining in their province.

They lamented that their repeated pleas and opposition to the project were “set aside and ignored” by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The mining project is said to cover four towns – Victoria, Pola and Socorro in Oriental Mindoro, and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro.

Specifically, the project would affect some 9,000 hectares in Occidental Mindoro, and another 3,000 hectares in Oriental Mindoro.

Although the project appears to only cover a smaller land area in Oriental Mindoro compared to Occidental Mindoro, Vice Gov. Mario Gene Mendiola said the project site in Oriental Mindoro would be “more dangerous” because it will include mountain slopes.

“We oppose this project not because we are against the national government’s thrust on large-scale mining. We oppose this project because its ECC is irregular. It would seem that the process for this ECC was done summarily,” said Oriental Mindoro Gov. Arnan Panaligan.
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Haay...I recently watched TV Patrol Southern Tagalog (one of the tapings three weeks ago) and it seems like Marinduque is suffering at the hands of MARELCO (the electric cooperative).
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^astig sir dx, napakaganda ng resort at pati na rin nung isla ng marinduque. para nga talagang nasa mediterrenean sea ang setting pero sa Pilipinas pala. sana ganyan na lang iyan for life.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 02:39 PM   #134
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Pimentel hits issuance of ECC to Mindoro mining project
By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) Updated November 14, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. raised objections yesterday to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ issuance of an environment clearance certificate (ECC) to a foreign mining venture in a watershed area in Mindoro in total disregard of the strong objection of the provincial folk against it due to its potentially harmful effects on agriculture and human health.

Pimentel said the issuance of the ECC, which was tantamount to a go-signal to start nickel mining, was the height of insensitivity and arrogance because the local government units and all sectors in Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental were united against the project due to the environmental havoc it could bring to the agriculture-rich island.

“Environment and natural resources authorities should have disallowed the mining project because watersheds are protected areas and are off-limits to mining,” he said.

“The authority of the DENR to issue mining permits should be exercised based on what is good for the people from whom all the powers of the government emanates,” he said.

Pimentel said it is the government’s duty to protect and uphold the general welfare of the citizens as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution and the Local Government Code.

He added that the Mining Code of 1995 specifically provides the consent of the indigenous people and other residents of communities around mining sites before the government could allow any mining operations.

Pimentel said the nickel project of the Intex Mining Corp. could by no means be justified because it would endanger the critical watershed areas in the mountain range between the two Mindoro provinces.

He said the degradation and destruction of the protected watershed areas would threaten the irrigation of vast agricultural lands and pollute the sources of drinking water of the local populace.

Pimentel reminded Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza that one of his predecessors, former Secretary Heherson Alvarez, in fact, cancelled the permit for the Mindoro nickel project in 2002 because it would cause “irreparable damage to the environment which will cost human lives, health and livelihood incapacity of our farmers and fisherfolk, endangering the food security of our people.”

“The DENR’s action in allowing the nickel mining operation defies logic because the law invoked by the mining proponents, the Mining Code, expressly provides that watershed reservations are closed to all kinds of mining, logging and quarrying activities,” he said.

Pimentel said mining invariably involves the cutting of trees in the forest and the use of toxic chemical substances.

Aside from this, he said mine tailings are dumped into rivers that not only poison and pollute the waters but also cause heavy siltation of waterways.

Bishop Warlito Cajandig, apostolic vicariate of Calapan, Occidental Mindoro, said they are preparing a series of protest actions against the mining project. – With Evelyn Macairan
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Pimentel hits issuance of ECC to Mindoro mining project
By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) Updated November 14, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. raised objections yesterday to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ issuance of an environment clearance certificate (ECC) to a foreign mining venture in a watershed area in Mindoro in total disregard of the strong objection of the provincial folk against it due to its potentially harmful effects on agriculture and human health.

Pimentel said the issuance of the ECC, which was tantamount to a go-signal to start nickel mining, was the height of insensitivity and arrogance because the local government units and all sectors in Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental were united against the project due to the environmental havoc it could bring to the agriculture-rich island.

“Environment and natural resources authorities should have disallowed the mining project because watersheds are protected areas and are off-limits to mining,” he said.

“The authority of the DENR to issue mining permits should be exercised based on what is good for the people from whom all the powers of the government emanates,” he said.

Pimentel said it is the government’s duty to protect and uphold the general welfare of the citizens as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution and the Local Government Code.

He added that the Mining Code of 1995 specifically provides the consent of the indigenous people and other residents of communities around mining sites before the government could allow any mining operations.

Pimentel said the nickel project of the Intex Mining Corp. could by no means be justified because it would endanger the critical watershed areas in the mountain range between the two Mindoro provinces.

He said the degradation and destruction of the protected watershed areas would threaten the irrigation of vast agricultural lands and pollute the sources of drinking water of the local populace.

Pimentel reminded Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza that one of his predecessors, former Secretary Heherson Alvarez, in fact, cancelled the permit for the Mindoro nickel project in 2002 because it would cause “irreparable damage to the environment which will cost human lives, health and livelihood incapacity of our farmers and fisherfolk, endangering the food security of our people.”

“The DENR’s action in allowing the nickel mining operation defies logic because the law invoked by the mining proponents, the Mining Code, expressly provides that watershed reservations are closed to all kinds of mining, logging and quarrying activities,” he said.

Pimentel said mining invariably involves the cutting of trees in the forest and the use of toxic chemical substances.

Aside from this, he said mine tailings are dumped into rivers that not only poison and pollute the waters but also cause heavy siltation of waterways.

Bishop Warlito Cajandig, apostolic vicariate of Calapan, Occidental Mindoro, said they are preparing a series of protest actions against the mining project. – With Evelyn Macairan
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The first two pictures are what locals call "bayan" -- the city center.






The last three are what we consider urban area of the city. its basically it.
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SEOUL, South Korea -- After initially keeping its eye on potential wind power development, Korea East-West Power Co. Ltd. (EWP) is exploring to expand investment foray in the Philippines to prospective mini-hydro and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.

In an exclusive interview, EWP president Gil Gu Lee disclosed that for the mini-hydro projects, the partnership may continue with Alternergy Philippines Holdings Corporation, a company chaired and founded by former Energy Secretary Vincent S. Perez.

“In addition to wind energy, we are looking for investments in mini-hydro with Alternergy,” he said.

The other investment area it is willing to pursue will be for LNG
facilities, especially for a project utilized for power generation; and EWP cannot also be left out on some fossil fuel-based power projects, primarily coal plants.

“Aside from renewable energy, we are looking for opportunities to invest in fossil fuel, like coal plants; and we are also looking for LNG power plant – either as investment or participation in the operation and maintenance (O&M) together with local partners in the Philippines,” Mr. Lee stressed.

As far as the wind projects are concerned, EWP is cornering majority equity of 45% in the corporate vehicle that will eventually bring the prospect wind farms to development. Another partner, Japan’s Eurus Energy will corner the other 45%, while local partner Alternergy assumes the minority stake.

But Mr. Lee credited Alternergy for steadfastly preparing the groundwork for such investment opportunity -- that when proven for commercial development may yield 260 megawatts of renewable energy capacity for the country.

Alternergy was the one awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) with six service contracts to conduct exclusive wind assessment/studies in areas such as Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Mindoro, Rizal and Laguna.
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DENR eyes development guidelines for Apo Reef complex

MANILA, Jan. 5 (PNA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4B office will conduct as soon as possible a study on carrying capacity of Apo Reef complex, the world-famous eco-tourism jewel off Mindoro Island.

DENR Region 4B Dir. Marcial Amaro Jr. said this study aims to establish limits on development there so authorities can be guided in controlling this and influx of tourists to better preserve and protect the area.

"What we want is for this area to remain pristine," he said.

The nearly 16,000-hectare complex is home to some of the Philippines' largest coral reefs and to various species, including marine turtles, sharks as well as commercially important barracudas and tuna.

Amaro believes that determining the carrying capacity and establishing limits will help promote sustainable eco-tourism there while protecting such area from environmental degradation and unabated development that gripped Boracay Island, another world-famous Philippine tourist attraction.

Amaro said DENR Region 4B will commence the study as soon as government releases the budget for it.

This office will partner with DENR's Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and several universities in conducting the research.

ERDB is DENR's research and development arm tasked with providing technical and research assistance on environment-related matters.

Aside from determining the maximum level of development possible in Apo Reef, Amaro said, the study will also show which parts of this complex require rehabilitation.

"We will likewise know if there's need to declare a closed season there," he added.

Tourists generally flock to Apo Reef Complex during summer when water there is calm and the weather is fine for diving, snorkelling and swimming, authorities noted.

Authorities earlier cited destructive fishing and over-fishing as ravaging Apo Reef's environment.
They reported corals there are still generally in good condition despite occurrence of such practices. (PNA)
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Carabao Island International Airport development project sa Romblon.

Any updates po? Eto pa lang.

CARABAO Island International Airport (CIIA) operational by 2012


The long-awaited construction of the international airport in Carabao Island in Romblon will finally start soon, three years since President Arroyo announced the ambitious project in her 2006 State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona and Gov. Jojo Beltran revealed that the ground-breaking of the construction of the 3-billion Carabao Island International Airport (CIIA) will be started upon the instruction of the President herself. Cong. Madrona said the construction of the modern airport is a private-sector initiative, and is expected to be fully operational by year 2012. With this government project, Madrona and Beltran expressed hope that the virgin island of Isla De Carabao will be the next tourist destination alternative to the famous Boracay.

Madrona said that the CIIA could be an alternate to the existing airport in Tugdan, Alcantara located in Tablas Island, the largest island in Romblon to foreign and domestic tourists coming from Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan going to Boracay

The construction of the airport is expected to generate entrepreneurial opportunities and new jobs, thereby increasing the economic activities for the people of Isla De Carabao including the remaining 14 towns of the province, Beltran said. The governor added that the airport will provide steady jobs and income to the residents of the island. Once fully developed, Beltran said that the provincial government will provide and maintain essential infrastructure such as water supply, sewerage, waste disposal, bridges, clean public toilets and directional signages to all tourist spots. A province-wide computerized data banking system for tourism information is also in the plan.

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