Sunday, May 10, 2015

The raping of Palawan-Tourists be aware

UPDATE: A sad day for Palawan when a COAL FIRED plant is approved by PCSD, or Palawan Council for Sustainable Development!
http://palawan-news.com/pcsd-oks-narra-coal-plant/

However, we who live here will continue to fight! You can help!
Help us stop the coal fired electric plant. Sign this petition!

To accommodate tourists who come here for the pristine beauty and wildlife, Palawan is literally being raped. Forests are being cut for building materials, as well as rivers, rife with life. A coal fired plant is being shoved down our throats with lies upon lies.  Be a responsible tourist. I have listed the agencies you may contact so you can write to them with positive suggestions.

Tourists...don't come here blindly.  If you do come, make sure to make your voices heard so you will not be the cause of it's destruction. Tell hotels to put in solar, and water harvesting solutions. We, the residents, are already rationing water and we have electrical power outages that last 4 hours a day every single day!

Tell people you want to see other sources of livelihood. If you want to see our wild life, train guides to do jungle survival courses! Live wild indigenous animals and plants with a proper guide. Heck! Start a guide for jungle adventures and bird watching. Train trike drivers to do something more sustainable and useful. There are so many of them they cannot each make a decent living. Thousands of gas powered trikes clog the inadequate main roads, spewing C02 emissions. Help create the pristine Palawan we are being told is the best island in the Philippines. Bring us the technologies that will not pollute our beloved land. Let's make this a global concern; because it is! Be a part of the change!

A day or two old little otter was already a victim of human encroachment into Turtle Bay, aka Kamia Bay, where http://sevenseasproperties.com wants to put in an ocean park with captive dolphins, whales sharks, sun fish and crocodiles. This is a relatively small, shallow and brackish bay. Dogs from immigrant fishermen making homes near or on the mangroves killed it's siblings. This little guy was given to me to try to keep alive. He was a real fighter but his little body just could not survive without his own mother's special milk, which is contains 6 times more fat than cows milk. He died after 5 days. He broke my heart. But his life will and does have meaning.


This river below is being raped to harvest rock and sand to make building and roads without proper environmental studies. You come to Palawan to see it's pristine beauty and wildlife, but the very beauty is being destroyed to accommodate you!
This was our favorite river to go to, it's just 8 minutes from our home. It is now raped for gravel, rock and sand to build tourist hotels.
Forests are being raped of hardwoods to put of exotic huts and resorts.
Photo by Demto Anda - A combined enforcement team led by Supt. Benjamin Acorda on the way to Naglayan Island on 10 Apr. 2015 to serve two search warrants to the Sunlight Ecotourism Resort. The mangroves surrounding the resort were raped and white sand from other beaches was brought in to fake you all out to it's "pristine" beauty!
Photo by Demto Anda - That this beach used to be a mangrove area till it was covered with white sand and planted with coconuts. The all done by Sunlight Ecotourism Resort. the Eco in their company name is a joke! Disgraceful. The white sand you see is from another beach with white sand that they raped to put in in there for you tourists.

A road through old growth forests leading to the naval facility in Oyster Bay, Macarascas is nearing completion. 
A road through old growth forests leading to the naval facility in Oyster Bay, Macarascas is nearing completion. Yet its proponent and contractor have not even secured the proper permits including tree-cutting permit and SEP clearance. 

Brooke's Point, Province of Palawan, Philippines Large scale oil palm plantations
Massive expanses of virgin forests all over Palawan, are being raped to make way for the monoculture of Palm oil plantations.
http://www.iccaconsortium.org/?page_id=2248

Deforestation for a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Such practices are starting up in Palawan. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.  http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/6876

Mining threat to remote tribe in Philippines. The Palawan live in the south of Palawan Island in the Philippines. Thousands of new settlers and a big mining push by the Philippine government now pose a serious threat to the tribe. It just doesn't end for the indigenous tribes here.

The icing on the cake of horror, is a planned Coal fired plant in a barangay in Narra.  You can sign this petition to try and help stop this.
http://act.350.org/letter/save_palawan_stop_coal/


You can read more speculation about the issues surrounding the planned coal fired plant at this link: http://coalisbusted.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-paleco-dmci-palawan-government.html

What YOU can do to stop this!

Write to our local agencies and tell them you do not want a commercialized Palawan that will compromise it's natural beauty and wildlife. Make POSITIVE suggestions for change and what you would like to see happen instead!
Here is the ordinance declaring "Kamia" (a fake name) a protected area: READ IT.  http://lts.puertoprincesa.ph/SearchDetail.aspx?ID=1490  It's really Turtle Bay also known as Binunsalian bay.