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    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P Paje was in Puerto Princesa City last March 22, 2014 for an on-site visitation to insure operation of field station in idyllic Snake Island in Honda Bay, Palawan.

     Provincial Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez and his staff accompanied the Secretary during his visit in the province and rode on-board a chopper to reach Snake Island. The said chopper was the first one that landed at Snake Island's helipad. Secretary Paje and Governor Alvarez were warmly welcomed by MIMAROPA's Regional Director Oscar C. Dominguez, PENRO Palawan Juan C. Dela Cruz and some DENR personnel in the island.

     The Snake Island was chosen as a prime research center for the country’s coastal and marine resources or the National Coastal and Marine Center for Research (NCMCR) by virtue of DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-12 dated November 3, 2011. It was established to have a more effective and efficient conservation of our country’s vast biodiversity and serve as a field station for applied research on marine and coastal ecosystems, ecotourism and biodiversity. In effect, Snake Island was temporarily closed to any tourism activities since February 2, 2012 for restoration purposes. The existing DENR building was renovated and additional facilities such as mangrove boardwalk and helipad with gazebo were constructed. DENR also acquired a service motorboat - M/B Hawksbill for the conduct of patrol and monitoring activities within the island. (Vivian Soriano)


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