ASEAN Forum on Taxation (AFT) serves as platform to address tax-related impediments and policies on regional economic integration as well as to support regional dialogue on taxation issues for regional integration. Efforts have been made towards the establishment of the network of bilateral agreements on avoidance of double taxation (DTAs) and addressing withholding tax and double tax issues.
Deep underground on the island of Palawan in the Philippines lies the Puerto Princesa River. Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature", it's the world's longest navigable underground river and makes for an exciting experience in one of the Philippines' most popular islands.
The Palawan Underground River is a Subterranean Thrill with 8.2 kilometers of navigable river underneath a tunnel with stalactites and stalagmites. It is the world's longest subterranean river located in Sito Sabang. Bats and insects live inside the tunnel creating some unpleasant smell during the cruise.
The local government offers prices depending on the outrigger and number of people that will ride it. Usually, a group of 4-6 people ride the paddle-powered outriggers going inside the Palawan Underground River. To avoid any accidents, a life vest and a helmet is provided to the guests.
Flashlights are very useful during the trip so you can see what's inside. There have been proposals to put electrical lightings inside the tunnel but the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Palawan did not agree to preserve the wonders and beauty of this Subterranean River.
The Philippines was a major player in the Pacific Theater of World War 2. Thus, it is not really surprising that many remnants of the Great War remain. Dark, bleak remnants that remind us of untold suffering and horrible destruction. Remnants that remind us of the costly sacrifice that our warriors suffered to preserve our freedom. Earlier, we went to a reliquary of some of these remnants, the Palawan Special Battalion World War 2 Museum. As the sun neared her bedtime, we visited another bastion of World War 2 in Puerto Princesa, the Plaza Cuartel.
Remnants of the untold suffering of some American and Filipino soldiers during the World War II is still found here in this place known as "Plaza Cuartel". It was built sometime in the 1940's. The historic Plaza Cuartel once served as a garrison of American and Filipino soldiers until they were invaded by the Japanese invaders.
It may look like an ordinary park, but when you know it's history you will never look at it the same way again. The once stronghold became a prison and a place of suffering and pain. 150 American POWs were imprisoned and was eventually burned in an underground tunnel under this park.
This sculpture shows us how the prisoners must have looked like while they're being starved to death by the Japanese invaders.
One of the Philippine's premiere touristdestinations, Honda Bay, Palawan island isalso known as the "The Last Frontier". It ishost to several of the most exclusive resortsin the country. With its white sand beaches,magnificent landscape, fishing villages andrainforests, it is a favorable destination ofadventurers and nature lovers. The provincehas several sites that attract divers fromvarious parts of the world. In the citycenter of Puerto Princesa, hall of fame awardee for the cleanest and greenest city inthe country, several tourist spots can beseen in a one day tour. This would includeIwahig Prison and Penal Farm, the world'slargest prison "without bars", and theKamarikutan Gallery. The city's best offeringis the St. Paul Subterranean National Parkthat is famed for its 8.2 kilometer logriver, said to be the longest of its kind inthe world.