IHELP Program

(Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood, Protection of the Environment)

The leadership of Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez set a development agenda that focuses on the five pillars of development.
These are Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood and Protection of the Environment or IHELP.

IHELP is a road map that aims to harness the potentials of Palawan to spur
maximum development and ensure that the benefits of growth reach the poorest communities in the province.


The infrastructure sector of IHELP focuses on improving facilities for socio-economic development.

These projects include farm to market roads, bridges, school buildings, hospitals, barangay health centers, seaports and airstrips.


To address the shortage of reliable and potable water in the communities, the Provincial Government continues to construct water supply systems in the barangays under its Province-wide Water Infrastructure Development program.

Currently, the provincial government has completed water supply systems that serve thousands of households in the different barangays.


Households in the remote barangays are lighted up by solar power provided by the provincial government.


To improve health-service delivery to poor Palaweño families, the provincial government has put premium in the construction of fifteen hospitals that will be equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities.

With the help of the Department of Health, the newly opened health facilities are providing quality health-care services to marginal families.


The provincial government extended the coverage of the health insurance program or PhilHealth under its Kalingang Pangkalusugan para sa Pamilyang Palaweño or KALINGAPPP.

Beneficiaries of Kalingappp that are presently enrolled in PhilHealth are provided with free medical consultations and treatment because the provincial government pays for the premium contribution per member every year..


Under the Programang Pang-edukasyon para sa Palaweño, the provincial government provides scholarship grants to Palawan’s future doctors who will serve the province when they graduate.

The present administration constructed the Palawan Technical School in barangay Plaridel in Aborlan, south of Palawan. This facility provides technical education and vocational training to equip Palaweños with skills and capabilities increasing their opportunities for local and overseas employment.

Ten Palaweño youths were selected by the provincial government for a full scholarship grant in Hainan Normal University in China as part of the sisterhood pact signed between the province of Hainan in China and Palawan.

Classrooms are being constructed to address the shortage province wide.


A concrete action towards poverty alleviation is the livelihood opportunities provided to the under privileged sectors.

Marginal farmers in the rural areas are encouraged to plant Hybrid Napier Grass as food substitute for raising livestock instead of the commercial feeds sold in stores. This is a viable livelihood alternative to augment their meager income.

Livelihood programs for cacao, seaweeds, coconut and corn are being offered to farmers to aid them in their livelihood to increase their income.

Low interest micro financing is also extended to qualified borrowers to help in the operation of their small businesses.


As a policy, the province abides by the concept of sustainable development of Palawan’s resources and potentials to ensure that today’s natural treasures will be enjoyed by the next generation of Palaweños.

Environment protection calls for vigilance in the enforcement of environmental laws. Bantay Palawan of the provincial government serves as the environmental watchdog of the province conducting round-the-clock monitoring of illegal activities.

Palawan supports the National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This program aims to minimize erosion in degraded forest areas by the reforestation at the same time provide additional livelihood to farmers and indigenous peoples.