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Palawan split may endanger environment

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The Palawan residents will decide whether they have to divide the province into three parts–Palawan del Norte, Palawan del Sur and Palawan Oriental–on Saturday, March 13 through plebiscite.


Environmentalists and the One Palawan Movement vehemently opposed it as they argued that it will destroy the flora and fauna along with nature of the province.


They said that it would not only open Palawan’s extensive natural resources to potential mismanagement but would allow extractive and destructive industries like large-scale mining and plantations to take root and destroy the rich ecosystems that gave the province its reputation as the country’s “last ecological frontier.”


Puerto Princesa City, however, will not take part when a plebiscite will be held on March 13 to ratify the law dividing Palawan into three regions as the law states that it will have its own district representative. As of Thursday, Feb. 18, the campaign period of the plebiscite starts.


Palawan’s forests are home to more than 400 species, several of which are endemic to the Philippines. With more than 5,600 hectares of mangroves, it hosts at least 22% of the country’s mangrove cover and leads provinces in fisheries production.


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