Catalyzing Development

August 18, 2006

Catalyzing Development

A MANGROVE SEEDLING farm in Puerto Princesa

The P1.6 billion Palawan North Road is a 134-kilometer (km) road stretching from the city to Roxas, cutting travel time from 4–5 hours to just 1.5 hours. The concrete road was made with a special concrete paver, making it much smoother than normal concrete roads. Engineers boast that it is a world-class road. The road, completed in 2004, is part of ADB’s Sixth Road project that aims to improve infrastructure in the countryside to boost economic development. The project, located along the northeast coast of Palawan, consists of the 80.34- km Puerto Princesa–Langogan road and the 54.14-km Langogan–Roxas road.

“These nice roads are a catalyst for development. Normally, investors, when they come, first look at the road network for the delivery of goods and products. Roads are a major aspect of development,” says Mayor Hagedorn. “We would like to thank ADB for making us a part of their major programs, particularly in infrastructure.”

The Palawan North Road boosts the tourism economy of the province, which is one of only two industries after agriculture. It leads to major tourism spots, including Honda Bay, Underground River, and its famed world-class resorts.

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The President & The Mayor

August 15, 2006

Mayor Hagedorn with PGMA

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is all smiles as she listens to a briefing conducted by Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn following the inauguration of the Puerto Princesa first engineered sanitary landfill in Barangay Sta. Lourdes, Princesa City Friday (March 31). The project is the first local government-controlled sanitary landfill submitted for Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding in 1991 under the Philippine Regional Municipal Project. It will be implemented in six phases in an area of 26.9 hectares. (Rey Baniquet-OPS-NIB Photo)

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1996 Outstanding
Environmental Protection
and Management

Oplan Linis : Puerto Princesa City

Puerto Princesa was like many other cities in the country before Oplan Linis. Its streets and public markets were dirty; its port was in no better condition and its coastal lines littered with trash. Barely four moths after the program was launched in August 1, 1992, Puerto Princesa was radically transformed into a clean city. Oplan Linis has brought honor and prestige to a place previously known as a haven of prisoners and breeding place of malaria-causing mosquitoes. As a result, the health personnel and private medical practitioners noted reduced incidence of stomach illness, flu, and gastro-enteritis. There was no reported outbreaks of contagious diseases where there used to be one per year affecting 100 families in the squatter areas. The city had become a favorite place for official functions, tourism, recreation and Lakbay Aral (study tour) site thereby generating employment for the residents.

Central to the concept of Oplan Linis is value formation through intensive information and education campaigns. With school children as the primary targets, the program was pursued relentlessly by the government in partnership with the schools, churches, businesses, NGOs and the tri-media. The Anti-littering Ordinance is strictly enforced. Nobody is spared including the mayor and a visiting senator. Aside from cleanliness and sanitation, the other components of Oplan Linis included beautification, saving the bay and coastal areas and close monitoring of compliance. Behind the success of the program are the people themselves who are involved in cleaning up their immediate surroundings and not throwing trash anywhere. There is ownership of the program and collective pride in the discipline demonstrated by a large majority of the city residents.

Hall of Fame Awardee: Clean and Green

Oplan Linis Program (Clean and Green Campaign)

Launched on August 1, 1992, the program aims to sustain cleanliness, beautification, and sanitation in the city through active and continuing partnership among government agencies, non-government organizations, the private sectors, and citizens. The program has earned for Puerto Princesa the coveted label of being the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines

Oplan Linis has six major components: Cleanliness, Beautification, Sanitation, Sagip-Dagat (Save Sea), Sagip-Hangin (Save Air), and Information and Education.

Behind the astounding success of the program are the people themselves. Once aroused from their lethargy and challenged to be better than themselves as a result of the massive information and education drives among schools, offices, business establishments, and the barangays, they acted as one in initially sweeping and gathering tons of accumulated garbage, and then in seeing to it that no one throws litter anywhere in the city.

It was not easy, of course, especially in the beginning. Pretty soon the people believed that the program was for real. Parents started being amazed at seeing their children from school emptying pocketfuls of trash. Adults seen by children littering were feeling awkward and embarrassed after being scolded by the latter. Until the whole population took the program with a happy and leisurely acceptance that it became finally internalized in their systems.

In 1994, Puerto Princesa was formally declared the Cleanest and Greenest Component City in the country. Its 98% rating over the 95% garnered by Baguio City as the Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City technically makes Puerto Princesa the cleanest city of them all.

Oplan Linis Program (Clean and Green Campaign):

Launched on August 1, 1992, the program aims to sustain cleanliness, beautification, and sanitation in the city through active and continuing partnership among government agencies, non-government organizations, the private sectors, and citizens. The program has earned for Puerto Princesa the coveted label of being the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines

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Tourism Program:

Not so long ago, Puerto Princesa City was a place no one really bothered to know, except of course the Puerto Princesans. What little that people knew about Puerto Princesa were mostly conjured images of a not-so-wholesome place like being the abode of prisoners, and where malaria abounds.

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1996 Outstanding Environmental Protection and Management Oplan

1996 Outstanding Environmental Protection and Management. Oplan Linis : Puerto
Princesa City. Puerto Princesa was like many other cities in the country before
Oplan Linis. Its streets and public markets were dirty; its port was in no
Oplan Linis –


Comprehensive Housing Program

Comprehensive Housing Program. Puerto Princesa’s vast land area and its rich
terrestrial and marine resources have become like magnets that attracted a lot
of in-migration from all over the country. They came in droves and squatted in
Providing Low-cost Housing –



Bantay Puerto Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, 1994 – Outstanding Marine Resources
Conservation and Management. Puerto Princesa City in the province of Palawan is
home to rich land and marine resources, which have been spared from the

Galing Pook Award-1994 –

Bantay Puerto Program (Puerto Princesa Watch)

Bantay Puerto Program (Puerto Princesa Watch). Protect. Rehabilitate. Plan.
These are the program’s key management thrusts. Protect what is there, rehabilitate
what has been destroyed, and plan for the intelligent utilization of the
Bantay-Puerto-Princesa –

Oplan Linis Program (Clean and Green Campaign):

Launched on August 1, 1992, the program aims to sustain cleanliness, beautification, and sanitation in the city through active and continuing partnership among government agencies, non-government organizations, the private sectors, and citizens. The program has earned for Puerto Princesa the coveted label of being the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines

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GMA commends Hagedorn on RP’s first state-of-the-art landfill facility

GMA commends Hagedorn on RP’s first state-of-the-art landfill facility. March 31st,
2006. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo commended on Friday the city government
of Puerto Princesa for its state-of-the-art engineered sanitary landfill
Hagedorn-Net-News –

PGMA’s Remarks during the Inauguration of the Puerto Princesa City Engineered Sanitary Landfill
Brgy. Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (31 March 2006)

Maraming salamat, Mayor Hagedorn.

Kita niyo walang presidential podium kasi supposed to be ribbon-cutting lang ito, walang programa, walang diskurso ako, pero sa ganda ng sinabi ni Mayor Hagedorn at sa ganda ng nakita kong ginagawa niya sa Puerto Princesa, hindi puwedeng aalis ako na hindi magpasalamat at magpuri kay Mayor Hagedorn.

Unang-una, batiin ko lamang hindi siya kundi yung mga opisyal din ng lalawigan at ng distrito: gusto kong batiin si Governor Joel Reyes; ang inyong congressman, si Congressman Baja Mitra, iyung congressman sa kabila, si Congressman Tony Alvarez; batiin ko rin yung inyong vice mayor, si Vice Mayor Bayron at saka yung iba’t-ibang mga opisyal ng Puerto Princesa. Nabanggit ko si Genio gawa nang kasama ko dito yung mga nag-aalaga ng ating kapayapaan, si Admiral Danga, ang bait-bait na admiral na nandito yung commander ng WestCom at saka si General Genio na nga ng pulis at lahat ng kasama nilang mga sundalo, navy men, marines at air force pilot at policemen binabati ko lahat sila. At binabati ko rin ang mga tagarito sa barangay Sta. Lourdes, malaking karangalan nakaabot ako dito para makita itong napakagandang landfill, engineered sanitary landfill na 1992 pa pala pinaplano na ni Mayor Hagedorn, napaka-forward looking ang ating punong-lungsod.

Sabi nga ni mayor, dala-dala ko ang napaka-importanteng mga Cabinet members dito. Mga Cabinet members na kinakailangan para sa patuloy na pag-develop ng Puerto Princesa. Kung sa pag-develop lamang laban sa kahirapan kayang-kaya yon ni Mayor Hagedorn, pero gusto natin mas importante pa kaysa sa paglaban sa kahirapan ng Puerto Princesa. Si Mayor Hagedorn ay hindi lamang punong-lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, siya ang chairman ng City Mayors League, siya ang member… Siya ang member of the Board ng Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines at siya ang kumakatawan sa Union of Local Authorities bilang pangulo o namumuno ng task force natin kontra sa jueteng gaya nang sinasabi niya.

Sabi nga ni mayor na ako ay isang… Hindi ko makokonsyensiyang iiwanan sa mga susunod na henerasyon ang mga problemang namana ko. At gaya nga nang sabi ni mayor, itong isyu ng jueteng ay dinesisyon kong harapin sa minsanan. Pero para maharap iyon, sa loob ko sabi ko noon, “papano ko gagawin ito, panahon pa ng mga kastila walang nakakaayos ng problemang ito.” Hindi ko magagawa kung hindi ko mahahanap ang isang makakatulong sa akin. At nakita ko si Mayor Hagedorn, aminadong noong araw nandoon siya sa industriyang iyon pero napigil niya. Very successful. So, sabi ko, “Ed, kung ano yung ginawa mo sa Puerto Princesa, puwede bang gawin mo sa ngalan ng local authorities para sa buong bansa. Tulungan mo ako.” At buong puso namang tinanggap niya yung aking hiling.

Ngayon, pinag-aralan niya yung buong problema dahil nagawa niya rito, pero siyempre sabi niya iba naman yung buong bansa. So noong pinag-aaralan niya at pinag-uusapan namin, sabi niya, dalawa yang aspetong yan — hindi lang dalawa, tatlo pa nga — nandoon yung enforcement, nandoon yung amelioration ng mawawalaan ng trabaho at nandoon yung pagpalit ng kultura.

Ngayon yung enforcement, yon naman ang papel ng Philippine National Police. Kaya dala-dala ko si Undersecretary Marius Corpus dito para iyon na nga ay klaruhin natin ang papel ng DILG at saka ng pulis, si General Genio dahil ayon sa batas ang talagang namumuno sa paglaban sa jueteng ay ang local government, ang national agencies ay mga tumutulong sa mga local government. Kaya ang pulis ay narito para tumulong sa local government. Kaya ang Philippine National Police ay narito para tumulong kay Mayor Hagedorn, na kumakatawan sa mga local government.

Eh sabi nga ni mayor, hindi lang enforcement, kasi makaka-enforce ka kung nawalaan naman ng trabaho yung napakarami. Mawawala nga ang jueteng, susugod naman yung ibang mga krimen, baka drugs pa nga mas grabe pa. Kaya mayroon dapat social amelioration program, sabi ni mayor. So, sabi ko, “Ed, eh di ikaw ang maghanap ng social amelioration program.” At ang ginawa nga ni Ed ay tinignan niya lahat ng iba’t-ibang ahensiya na baka puwedeng makatulong. Tinignan niya yung PAGCOR, tinignan niya yung DSWD, tinignan niya yung PCSO at sana rin — sino pa? — TESDA, tinignan niya. Ah siya na rin ang pumili kung sino ang mayroon pati bureaucratic capacity na madaliang masagot ang problema ng social amelioration. Kaya ano ang papel ng PCSO — at si Mike Defensor naman na aking Chief of Staff ay siya ang nag o-oversee sa PCSO — ano ang papel nila? Katulong din nila, sila ng local government sa social amelioration aspect. Pero ang namumuno pa rin mga local governments na kinakatawan ni City Mayor Hagedorn bilang pinuno nitong task force na ito. Kaya PNP, PCSO katulong ng mga local governments na kinakatawan ni Mayor Hagedorn. Yan ang papel nila.

Yung pangatlo, mapalitan ang kultura ng pagsusugal. Yan naman ang long-term at kailangan natin ilagay yan sa ating edukasyon, sa ating mga simbahan, sa ating mga parishes. So, ito ay hindi lamang papel ng pamahalaan, papel ito ng buong pamayanan. At inaasahan ko rin na si Mayor Hagedorn din ang tutulong sa atin kung papano mabuo ang mga programa para sa ganun mapalitan na ng pangmatagalan yung kultura ng pagsusugal, di ba mayor?

Kaya sabi ko, si Mayor Hagedorn ay hindi lamang mayor ng lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, siya ay isang kumakatawan sa local governments sa mga napakaimportanteng programang pambansa. So siya ang mayor hindi panglungsod, mayor pambansa. Kaya dala-dala ko ngayon sa kanyang imbitasyon ang mga importanteng kinatawan ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na makakatulong na maging espesyal ang Puerto Princesa sa ating bansa. Gaya nang sabi ko, kung kahirapan lamang kaya ni mayor malutas ang kahirapan. Ano ang espesyal sa Puerto Princesa? Ang pagka espesyal ng Puerto Princesa gaya nang sinasabi nating Central Philippines: Visayas, Palawan, Romblon, Bicol, Northern Mindanao islands ay ang turismo. Yon ang magiging… Doon magiging espesyal ang lungsod ng Puerto Princesa.

Kaya dala-dala ko ngayon si Secretary Ace Durano ng Tourism. At ewan ko kung maiiwan ko siya ngayon para pumunta sa sabang, pero kung hindi ko siya maiwan ngayon para pumunta ng sabang, isigurado mo, Ace na bumalik ka para makapunta ka doon. At bakit hindi pa siya nakakapunta? Kasi mahirap ang kalsada, kaya kailangan ayusin natin ang kalsada. Kaya kaupo namin si Jun Ebdane kanina sa kotse mula sa airport gawa nang nag-uusap kami ng official business. At si Secretary Ebdane ang gagawin niya ay magtu-turn over siya ng initial 50 million pesos sa City of Puerto Princesa para sa kalsada hanggang sa Sabang. Ngayon mayroong kalsada pero kung magla-landing pa sa manila ay baka tatamarin na yung turista. So, kailangan ng international airport gaya nang sabi ni mayor.

Kaya dala-dala ko si Secretary Mendoza ng DOTC. Dalawa ang gagawin natin — yung pangmabilisan at pangmatagalan. So, yung pangmabilisan ay aayusin mo yung terminal, larry. At aayusin niya yung terminal, gagastos siya ng 30 million pesos para maganda yung terminal ng Puerto Princesa. Yung pangmatagalan naman na kailangan bilyon-bilyon ang gastos ng airport, milyon- milyon naman ang feasibility study. At rinereport ni Larry Mendoza — kasama ko siya sa eroplano kanina because we also talked official business — at ginagawa na ng Louie Burger, isang napakakilalang consultant. Actually, noong ako ay nasa DTI ang Louie Burger ang gumawa ng Cagayan de Oro-Iligan corridor master plan. Tignan niyo ang laki ng kaunlaran ngayon sa Cagayan de Oro-Iligan corridor. Sila ang gumagawa ng master plan ng airport. Kailan matatapos, Larry? April 30 matatapos na ang kanilang feasibility study.

At ito ay ipapasok natin sa Asian Development Bank para mapondohan niya yung bilyong-bilyong pangangailangan para sa pangmatagalang pag-develop ng ating international airport. Bakit ko espesyal na ginagawa ito? Eh siyempre, mayor ng lungsod si Mayor Hagedorn pero tumutulong sa buong bansa, tumutulong sa akin. Di ko naman siya sinesuwelduhan, gawa ng ayon sa ating konstitusyon kung local government ka hindi ka puwedeng maging national government official. Kaya por la patria ginagawa ni Mayor Hagedorn yung kanyang pagpamuno sa Anti-Jueteng Task Force, for free representing the local government. Kaya papaano natin siya babayaran, sa pamamagitan lamang ng matupad ang kanyang mga panaginip sa kanyang mga minamahal na mamamayan ng Puerto Princesa.

Kaya eto na mayroon na tayong dahilan kung bakit nandito silang lahat, di ba? Si Mike Defensor, unang binanggit ko; si Ace Durano, pangalawang binanggit ko; si Jun Ebdane, pangatlong binaggit ko; si Larry Mendoza, pang-apat na binanggit ko dahil sila lahat ang magsusukli sa Puerto Princesa ng ginagawa ni Mayor Hagedorn sa buong bansa.

Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.

Mabuhay! Puerto Princesa.

The jewel of Puerto Princesa is now included in the Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List.


The inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which is the city's primary tourist attraction, in the prestigious World Heritage List was announced after the Unesco World Heritage Committee convened in Marrakech, Morocco last Nov. 29. It is now part of the 630 sites of ''outstanding universal value'' that represent the highest artistic and cultural achievements of humankind or natural sites of intense beauty and ecological significance.

According to the Unesco, ''(the) Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was inscribed (in the list) on the merits of its magnificent subterranean river with unique natural formations that empties into the sea.''


The latest addition to the heritage list is the only national park in the country with a dense tropical forest cover within the boundaries of the city. Thus, ''all of the environmental preservation programs and maintenance are meticulously undertaken by the city of Puerto Princesa, whose successful environmental program has won national and international awards for the city government led by Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn,'' said a Unesco statement.


The Unesco announcement came two weeks after then President Estrada changed the name of the St. Paul Subterranean National Park into the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park through Presidential Proclamation No. 212.


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