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

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 –

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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