Following a widespread outcry, the picturesque “Acacia Tunnel” exterior Puerto Princesa in Palawan won’t be destroyed by deliberate six-lane superhighway project.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has mentioned it was investigating different routes to bypass the timber.
The prospects of the timber being felled was decried by protesters as an “environmental disaster” and a petition calling for them to be protected has garnered almost 20 thousand signatures.
DPWH engineer Arthur Torillo mentioned: “We urge the City Council to issue an endorsement resolution that will allow us to find another route to avoid hitting those giant acacia trees.”
The metropolis council has now agreed to talk about his request. Manuelito Ramos, of town’s Environment and Natural Resources Office mentioned: “Development activities should not compromise the status of the environment, especially in Puerto Princesa.”
City tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao mentioned the Acacia Tunnel was being eyed by town authorities as an ecotourism vacation spot in its personal proper.
The 30 billion peso freeway project begins from El Nido city within the north and ends in Bataraza city within the south, operating the size of mainland Palawan.
While the enlargement of the freeway is probably going to increase financial progress, some are involved that it might come on the expense of the setting.
The Puerto Princesa-based Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC) has questioned the project which it described as an “environmental disaster” within the making, because it “poised to inflict irreversible damage on the natural environment of the province”.
“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,” an ELAC assertion mentioned.
According to the Palawan NGO Network Inc. (PNNI), the project has been pushed by regardless of not but having secured all the mandatory permits.
ELAC has urged the federal government to “put on hold any preparatory activities related to the building of the six-lane road,” till the required assessments and related research had been accomplished.
However, provincial governor Jose Alvarez maintains that the broader roads would encourage extra vacationers and likewise velocity up the motion of agricultural and fishery merchandise from the agricultural communities throughout the island.
“Its completion will accelerate the development and inclusive growth of Palawan in the coming years,” he mentioned.