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Old 21st November 2019, 09:04 AM
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Hi Marc,

yes, my wife and I relocated to Palawan in Feb of 2019. We purchased an 8 Ha. farm in Brgy Sta Cruz, about 28 KM north of Puerto Princesa City. Things moved pretty quickly, as we sought and found a titled property vs more cumbersome routes with tax dec properties, etc. We made extensive improvements to the property, including a 400m gravel entry road, complete with a concrete bridge and culvert over a spring, water tower, our own dedicated 25KW transformer and powerhouse, purchased a pickup truck and tractor with accessories (loader, backhoe, mower, disc plow and tiller), and built several kubos, sheds, etc to start with. All within the last 8 months. Interesting thing is however, that my business interests in the US have begun to grow substantially, my partners there are hinting at wanting me to return, I have a new granddaughter back in the US, and I may end up having to decide between farm life here and business interests in the US that could bring substantial investment income in the future, as well as being able to watch my GD grow up. Tough choice. I do love it here. At this point, we are enjoying working on the farm, planting lots of tropical flowers, fruit trees, etc and loving the view, the springs, the river and being on the land.

Though I couldn't help you around the Narra area, I've learned a lot about PPC, how government works or doesn't, made some good contractor and other contacts, learned a few lessons, and other stuff that may be of value for you and any others moving here. Should I end up returning, it wouldn't be for quite some time.....and, especially if I sell the farm. So, let me know how I might be of help to you.....

good luck with your future plans, John
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Hi John,

First of all, congratulations for your granddaughter! What a blessing!
Secondly, congratulations for your successful start and adaptation! It is impressive to achieve all in this short time.
I will come to Palawan on May 2020 (for vacations) and it would be so interesting to meet you and visit your farm, as an example for my future projects, if you are still there.
I would like to request you, all of your contacts (telephone, email) related to the development and construction of your land. If you want, you can send me a private message.
Additionally, if you want to sell or rent your farm, or you need someone to run your farm for you during some years, please let me know; I am always open to new possibilities. I am now 32 years old, a postdoctoral researcher in chemical science, an expert on bio-resources and bio-materials, with many innovative ideas that can be useful in organic farming life.
Anyway, I hope that all will be good for you and your family!

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Marc,

I will put together some sort of list for you of some contacts and information here in Palawan. I'm not sure how to private message here, but I'll look into it and get back to you.

Per the farm and your interest, I will be deciding something in the next few weeks, but am leaning toward selling the farm and returning to the US. It's tough, as I do love it here, but opportunities and a granddaughter await. Land here is more expensive than in Narra, and I've put significant amounts into the farm already. I don't know if you have the funds or interest, but we could discuss it. Should I pull the trigger, it will go on the market around year end.

I assume I'd still be around in May, when you get here, unless the farm sells quickly and everything moves like clockwork, which is unusual here in the Philippines. So, I look forward to meeting you and being of any assistance I can.

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I will put together some sort of list for you of some contacts and information here in Palawan. I'm not sure how to private message here, but I'll look into it and get back to you.
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John it might take a while for you to message Marc he is new and will need to make more posts before the PM's or messaging option becomes available and I think it's 5 postings.

But once he's established you send a message by clicking on his name and then you'll get a drop down box and select "Send Message". If you decide you need to contact now you can send me the message and I'll send it to Marc.

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The beauty of El Nedo is like mostly due to its isolation. Once there is a decent road will it be very quickly destroyed.
Well, much like Boracay, it is being ruined. Too much of a cash cow it seems being riden into the ground. We went there first in 2009 and swam in the bay right in town, and was all clean, etc. Crowded for tourism, but clean. Back there in 2017 and twice and many people, an Ayala resort just on north end of town and the bay was filthy gray water. Tourist boats/islands getting over used and seemed to me it's going to need an "intervention" much like Boracay at some point. We have relatives who run an inn and store there, and live about 15 minutes north(?) near some beautiful unspoiled beaches we went to with them. Hopefully someone comes to senses and fixes things before too late.
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Well, much like Boracay, it is being ruined. Too much of a cash cow it seems being riden into the ground. ....
In a country with literally thousands of good to great beaches, Why don't they spread around the wealth and limit the load to what a location can handle for sustainable tourism?

I know the answer, this is the Philippines and long term thinking is not their strength.

I was recently at Alona Beach in Bohol, same thing it is getting overcrowded, no parking too many boats, mess and pollution all around. My Airbnb was however about 12 kms away and only a 5 minute to a beach that was deserted during the week and might have 20 or 30 people on it on a weekend. It was bigger and nicer in its natural state than Alona Beach. A single resort there would have not overloaded the beach, it would remain a great place for tourists to come to and spend money.
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I am Australian moving to Palawan with my soon to be Filipina wife later in 2020.
Interested in settling on the West coast of Palawan on the beach hopefully. Anyone know if there is any big surfable waves around? Looking at the Quezon area maybe.

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Anybody have any information on how safe it is living South of PPS on the West coast?

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anybody have any information on how safe it is living south of pps on the west coast?
i visited that area 3 years ago.. I felt it was safe . Saw no surfing waves @ that time . Did feel uneasy in the town of quezon ..

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Northwoods....I tried to reply, but it appears it got lost, so here goes again. I live on the east coast of Palawan near Puerto Princesa. However, I do watch the news with regularity and have traveled to the west coast and around most of Palawan. I consider the entire island relatively safe, and would freely travel anywhere alone. Palawan is perhaps not unlike any island, country area, city, etc like anywhere else in the world in that there may be areas to be more aware, cautious, etc at times. It is true that there seem to be a few pockets like Quezon or Brookes Point in the very south of Palawan, where criminals or jihadi wannabees tend to seek refuge and get off grid, away from authorities. But I have heard of no violence per se, only a few arrests.That's largely in Mindinao and Manila. And, criminals seeking refuge in lower populated areas is not unusual on any island in the Philippines or in any other country for that matter. There were a couple of kidnappings some 10 years ago, but the authorities are having none of that today and seem intent on protecting Palawan, the tourist industry here, and the politicians and "hollywood" types who own property around the island. If there is any concern, I would focus on the west coast from about Napsan up through Port Barton, San Vincente and up to El Nido. All very safe and occupied by lots of foreigners, politicians, etc.

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