DMCI-proposed coal plant in Palawan a 'threat' to endangered cockatoo - PAMB
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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY - The coal-fired power plant planned adjacent to the Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary can “directly and indirectly” threaten the survival of the critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo (locally known as katala), the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) said.
In a three-page resolution issued Friday, PAMB of Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo, said the 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant proposed by DMCI Power Corporation is a “threat” and may cause “serious, permanent, and irreversible” impact to the estimated 300 cockatoos living in the protected area in Narra Town, Southern Palawan.
The plant, to be constructed 700 meters off of the protected area, will block the birds’ flight path to its foraging area in the mainland and the plant’s feeder lines may cause not only cause collisions among the birds, but also electrocute them, PAMB said.
The board said the planned construction of the plant is a violation of Republic Aact 9547 or the Wildlife Act and in “gross contradiction” to the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) or RA 7566.
Last month, the project received a “conditional endorsement” for the construction of the plant from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, chaired by Palawan Governor Abraham Mitra, despite opposition of its own technical staff and various organizations.
Indira Dayang Widdman, Program Manager of Katala Foundation, said the opposition, both from residents, local government units, as well as international organizations, is overwhelming.
“We now have at least 2,000 signatures in our online petition at www.change.org, and almost 50,000 signatures from all over the world in an online petition at the German website www.regenwald.org,” says Widdman.
“Definitely, i-aakyat namin ito sa DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and we will raise the points made by the opposition,” she said.