A plan to broaden Palawan’s national highway from two to 6 lanes has been dubbed an “environmental disaster”.
In explicit, protesters are involved a few scenic stretch of the prevailing street overhung by acacia timber that kind a tunnel-like cover.
An on-line petition to guard the timber has already gained greater than 10,000 signatures.
The petition reads: “Local and foreign tourists, as well as commuters who pass through Acacia Tunnel are in awe of its breathtaking beauty.” The petition urges the authorities to “find a practical but brilliant solution to avoid the destruction of Acacia Tunnel.”
Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), a non-government organisation, described the superhighway mission as an “environmental disaster” within the making, because it “poised to inflict irreversible damage on the natural environment of the province.”
An announcement from the NGO learn: “The evident rush to undertake this project, its brazen disregard of the established procedures designed to mitigate negative environmental impacts is a cause for concern for anyone who cares about the integrity of our province’s fragile environment.”
ELAC additionally claims that the mission has not ticked the entire bins regarding environmental safety. “Clearly, no consideration has been made on the expansion plan’s impression on the delicate pure atmosphere of Palawan.
“While we recognize that roads are part of the development and can contribute to facilitating travel and communication, they have a damaging impact if not planned well and studied carefully.”
Work on the expanded street has already began and it’s focused for completion in three years. The street will span your entire 372-mile size of the island.
Palawan, dubbed because the nation’s “last ecological frontier”, is residence to greater than 38 per cent of the Philippines’ whole wildlife species.
Some of this distinctive wildlife dwell within the province’s 689,161-hectare forest which is being lower down at a mean fee of three,200 hectares per yr.
It will not be know what number of roadside timber shall be misplaced because of the mission.
Conservationists additionally warn that the road-widening mission could considerably have an effect on the inhabitants of wildlife within the province.
“We expect a dramatic increase in road kills especially affecting the endemic Palawan stink badger and possibly other mammals like Palawan porcupine and Palawan pangolin,” mentioned biologist Peter Widmann, Science director of the Katala Foundation, one other environmental NGO.
“Many studies indicate that if roads are built, the separated populations cannot interchange, leading to inbreeding and possibly local extinction.”
Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez maintains that the broader roads will lower journey occasions and enhance the native financial system, as it’s going to encourage extra vacationers and in addition velocity up the motion of agricultural and fishery merchandise from the agricultural communities throughout the province.
“Its completion will accelerate the development and inclusive growth of Palawan in the coming years,” he mentioned.