The British Palawan Trust
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107
islands. It stretches from the south of China to the northern tip of
Borneo. The country has over a hundred ethnic groups and a mixture of
foreign influences which have moulded a unique Filipino culture.
The Province of Palawan is a group of islands of peace and quiet. The main island of Palawan which measures 425 kilometres long and averages 40 kilometres wide is the third largest of the islands of the Philippine archipelago.
Situated between Mindoro Island and North Borneo, Palawan is the country's last frontier. It is the home of over 80 cultural minority groups. It is a sanctuary for the most exotic plant, animal and aquatic life in the country including the Calamian deer, the Palawan Pheasant, the Palawan Pigeon, the Palawan bearcat and the tarsier. It is in the Southwest of the country only a few degrees north of the equator and therefore tropical.
A mountainous spine, an average of 3,500 feet in altitude covered by tropical rainforest, with the highest peak rising to 6,800 feet above sea level at Mount Matalingahan, runs from almost the entire length of the island. In the north the mountains give way to low rolling hills, and steep and fast flowing rivers. On both sides are meandering streams and rivers winding through the mountains, nurturing robust stands of mangrove in the lowlands before flowing out to the sea. The main crops are rice and coconuts but the chief industry is fishing as Palawan provides much of the fish eaten in the Philippines. There are about 700,000 inhabitants the majority of who live in the coastal towns and villages.
The individual health care needs of the population are provided by Private Practitioners. There is also a government Health Service although this concentrates on public health and provides very little specialist medical or surgical services, which are mainly in Manila. It is this specialist orthopaedic and trauma service plus rehabilitation facilities that are now provided on the island through the British Palawan Trust.
The Palawan Government web site is currently available. www.palawan.gov.ph
Or try www.palawan.com