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Pangalusian Island in El Nido, Palawan. Handout photo

Pangalusian Island in El Nido, Palawan. Handout photo

 

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MANILA – The tropical paradise of Palawan in the Philippines was once again voted the “world’s best island” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Palawan ranked first in Travel + Leisure’s World Best Island list for 2017, which is based on readers’ ratings, getting a score of 93.15. 

It landed the No. 1 spot last year and in 2013.

“There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this Philippine archipelago, which many of our readers described as ‘rustic,’ ‘romantic,’ ‘affordable’ and ‘relaxing.’ As one fan succinctly wrote, ‘it’s the single most beautiful place on earth,’” Travel + Leisure writer Rebecca Ascher-Walsh said in an article published on Tuesday, referring to Palawan.

Another popular destination in the Philippines, Boracay, made it to No. 3 in Travel + Leisure’s list this year with a score of 89.67. 

The island, known as the country’s summer party capital, ranked second in 2016.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Palawan, Philippines (93.15)
2. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (90.83)
3. Boracay, Philippines (89.67)
4. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (89.20)
5. Santorini, Greece (89.19)
6. Maui, Hawaii (89.17)
7. Kauai, Hawaii (88.72)
8. Ischia, Italy (88.53)
9. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia (87.75)
10. Bali, Indonesia (87.61)

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Fresh property listings in San Vicente and Port Barton

Dear customers, these are the new listings in commercial areas around San Vicente (Long beach, Binga, Kemdeng, Tandan...) and Port Barton. All areas are commercially superior and properly checked. 

 

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New lots available in San Vicente - Palawan

New lots available in municipality of San Vicente, all the way from Port Barton in the south to the Alimanguan in the north. Message us for details and further information. 

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Map of Municipality of San Vicente.. from south to north, we can provide the right property for you. 

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New International Airport in Puerto Princesa opens

The new Puerto Princesa International Airport was inaugurated on May 4th, in a boost to tourism and trade in the area.

 

The P3.8-billion terminal was built by a South Korean contractor, spans 13,000 square meters and has a seating capacity of 15,000.

It can accommodate 2 wide-body and 4 small aircraft at once. The airport services Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, Cebgo and Air Asia.

 

 

Sitio Dagmay Beach - El Nido, Palawan

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SITIO DAGMAY BEACH (El Nido)

Sitio Dagmay Beach in beautiful El Nido, Palawan. Now for sale in multiple sizes and locations. You can choose from small and big cuts. All is clean and ready to transfer. All properties located on beautiful white sand beach just 25km north of El Nido. Road access for all the lots.

San Vicente Airport - Opening in December 2016

 

An aviation official said on Friday that the new San Vicente airport in Palawan may possibly cater to charter flights in the third quarter of this year.

“We are now finalizing the procedures so we can initially open it for non-scheduled charter flights,” Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director General Rodante Joya said in an interview.

Joya was referring to the two-kilometer runway that was built in the municipality of San Vicente, which is home to a 14-kilometer long beach said to be the longest stretch of fine, white sand in the country.

This airport project is part of the flagship tourism zone which requires the tripartite involvement of the Department of Tourism-Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (DOT-TIEZA), the local government and the private sector.

In 2014, the government committed some Php300 million for the improvement of the San Vicente airport which is only 15 minutes away from the Zone.

Joya said that this project is expected to boost tourist arrivals in the country.

“The objective is to develop government tourism project in the area so that more tourists can fly direct to the area,” Joya said.

The CAAP official said that if the airport does open sometime in the third quarter, it will be initially cater to propeller-driven aircraft such as ATR.

“Initially, it will be open to charted flights, then when it improves we can allow scheduled flights and installation of air navigation equipment,” he said. (PNA) SCS/ANP

Master Plan of San Vicente, Palawan

San Vicente, in the northwestern side of the main island of Palawan, has attracted visitors and investors with its pristine beaches, marine life, rice fields and 82,000 hectares of forests. Port Barton is famous among foreign backpackers and divers that would stop over in trips from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. The beautiful islands of Boayan, Turtle and German are visited for snorkeling and swimming. In recent years, there has been much interest in the 14-kilometer long beach, said to be the longest stretch of white sand in the country.

San Vicente has more than 165,000 hectares with landscapes that include rice fields, waterfalls, unique coastlines, mangroves, mountains and forests. The town is fairly new, having been founded only in 1972, with majority of its people as migrants from Cebu and indigenous peoples such as the Agutaynon, Tagbanua and Cuyonon. The population is only 31,000, and half of them are involved in agriculture. While the town is rich with natural resources, the poverty incidence is quite high. This is why the welfare of its people are high up in the goals of the Integrated Tourism Masterplan. Before a town can be a world-class destination, it should first be a livable community.

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In creating the Integrated Tourism Master Plan, stakeholders such as residents, farmers and fishermen, investors, developers, local and national government, were consulted. We were required to coordinate and get approval from the Secretaries of the Climate Change Commission, Tourism, DENR, and the DPWH. Studies were done to determine vulnerabilities to climate change and reduce potential risks in environmental stability. We formed a multi-disciplinary team that included specialists in environmental planning, architecture, design, engineering, socioeconomics, institutional management, marketing and finance. We were required to base our plan on both conservative and aggressive visitor and population projections until 2044, even if the published national projections for visitor arrivals are only until 2016. The carrying capacity of the beach in a day is 362,500 people.

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International beach destinations such as Copacabana in Brazil, Miami in Florida, and Nha Trang in Vietnam follow a 50-meter setback from the average high tide. In the Philippines, however, the required easement is only 25 meters. This is not sufficient considering risks such as rising sea levels and storm surges. The final approval was for a 30+20 meter setback. The no-build zone is within the first 30 meters from the average high tide mark, and there is a list of allowable uses within the next 20 meters. Within this buffer zone, there will be no permanent, habitable, and with-foundation structures. DPWH insisted that there be guidelines regarding the preservation of the existing tree line along the beach. The natural vegetation should not be compromised by buildings, even if they are in the list of allowable uses.

 In areas that are found to have risks of flooding, adaptive architecture will be applied. There will be no bedrooms on the ground floor, and structures will be designed on stilts. These were based on studies of flood simulations for up to 100 years.

It truly was challenging, but very rewarding, to help create the master plan for the long beach in San Vicente. The many stakeholders had different, sometimes conflicting concerns. The masterplan aims to strike the balance between providing for the common good and respecting property rights, and encouraging investments while preserving areas of natural beauty.

San Vicente Master Planning

Master Planning of San Vicente, Palawan as a Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone has been nominated for prestigious planning industry award

The Master Planning of San Vicente, Palawan as a Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone is a finalist in the category for International Award for Planning Excellence at the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.

 

San Vicente, in the northwestern side of the main island of Palawan, has attracted visitors and investors with its pristine beaches, marine life, rice fields and 82,000 hectares of forests. Palafox Associates was awarded by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority to create the master plan for the flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone after going through a competitive bidding. The master plan aims to strike the balance between providing for the common good and respecting property rights, and encouraging investments while preserving areas of natural beauty and cultural significance.

 

The 883-hectare area is bounded by the 14-kilometer beach and an average of 500 meters inland. It is the first coast in the Philippines to have a 50-meter setback from the high tide - the first 30 meters is a no-build zone and additional 20 meters of non-habitable, non-permanent structures.

 

The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognize planning excellence.

 

Finalists have been recognized for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.

 

Phil Williams, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The finalists highlight outstanding examples of planning that have made a positive impact on the local community and environment. The judges will find it difficult separating the finalists and choosing winners given the high caliber of entries this year.”

 

Andrew Jones, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics, AECOM said:

“AECOM is proud to be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which really demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.”

 

David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills said:

“Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists this year reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities across the UK, Ireland and internationally through projects, plans and people.”

 

The Awards ceremony will be held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 5 May 2016.

Palawan town being groomed as first Tourism Enterprise Zone

Map of San Vicente

Map of San Vicente

MANILA, Philippines – A town in Palawan is all set to become the Philippines’ first Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) under the initiative of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

Guiller Asido, chief operating officer of TIEZA, said San Vicente, Palawan has been chosen as the first flagship TEZ mainly for its pristine natural attractions of forests, islands, coves, and especially its 14.7 km shoreline, which is said to be the longest in the world.

“The TEZ benefits from its location at the convergence of transport networks. The completion of Itabiak Road, which leads to the Long Beach area, makes it easier to reach the TEZ by land from other towns in Palawan. The pier at Barangay Poblacion is being upgraded, but another docking area will be constructed at the TEZ,” he added.

TEZ forms part of the country’s flagship National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) which is aimed at improving the competitiveness of tourism products and developing sustainable tourisms destinations.

The project is expected to be ready within the year, in time for the projected opening of the San Vicente Airport by December.

“The San Vicente Airport, once operational, will be the main entry point for most tourists and will make San Vicente a good weekend destination for Manila residents,” Asido said.

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez is optimistic the project will propel San Vicente as a major tourist destination and create additional employment for the community.

In consultation with the municipal government and property owners, an Integrated Tourism Master Plan (ITMP) for San Vicente was formulated to study the variety of tourism products possible in the area, taking into consideration property ownership and zonal values.

“The ITMP is now complete, and we are in the process of craftingan Investment Promotions Program that will make the public-private partnership in San Vicente attractive to private investors,” said Tourism Undersecretary Maria Victor Jasmin.

The NTDP, a framework to guide the DOT and other stakeholders to harness the potential of the tourism sector as an engine for sustainable growth, is part of the department’s thrust towards inclusive growth.

Part of the NTDP involves the upgrade of of secondary international airports such as Clark, Mactan, Davao and Iloilo as well as the rehabilitation of the primary gateway Ninoy Aquino International Airport 1 and 2.

The installation of night landing facilities, improvement, rehabilitation and expansion of 23 domestic airports, 21 seaports and 28 strategic connecting roads are also part of the plan.