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August 12, 2022

In a recent forum titled “Island Green Energy Eco-Industrial Park Development Planning Masterclass Series: Second Session”, DOST-MIMAROPA through its Provincial S&T Center in Palawan showed its full support to promote the province of Palawan as a model island for green energy and eco-industrial park in the Philippines.

The activity, conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and the Western Philippines University (WPU), was held last month in a hybrid setup— at the Municipal Lagoon, Brgy. Maranggas, Bataraza, Palawan and via ZOOM.

As an island for green energy, Palawan will showcase and utilize cleaner, sustainable, and environment-friendly technologies and practices that will help in attracting investors and visitors in the province, not to mention preserving the province’s rich natural resources.

The second session of the said masterclass series focused on the Fundamentals of Green Energy Resource Mapping, Introduction to Eco-Industrial Park Development Planning, Fundamentals of Technology Management in the Context of Eco-Industrial Park Development, and the Palawan Island Power Development Plan 2014-2035. It was attended physically by 13 participants from Palawan State University (PSU), WPU, Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Municipal Planning Development Office of Bataraza (MPDO-Bataraza), PEZA, and Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office of Bataraza (MEEDO_Bataraza); and virtually by 21 participants from WPU, Department of Energy (DOE), Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), TUP-Manila, and TUP-Visayas.

The masterclass series is composed of five (5) phases or sessions which will serve as preparation for the formulation of a project concept paper for the use and reference of the adopters, agents, and enablers of green energy and eco-industrial park development in the country.

The other four sessions (4) are designed for other areas in Palawan that have the potential to engage and adopt the green energy and eco-industrial park framework. The first session was held in El Nido last 22 June 2022. Sessions included discussions on geoeconomics endowments and sociocultural characteristics of Palawan, Palawan energy and power demand and supply forecasts, fundamentals of green and smart energy, and managing green power technology.

The third to fifth sessions that will fortify the strategies of promoting Palawan as a model island for green energy and eco-industrial park development will be conducted in Puerto Princesa City and San Vicente, Palawan this coming September to October 2022.