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PIA Press Release
2009/06/09

Gov. Grace Padaca persuades environmentalists to oppose Palanan road construction

Cabagan, Isabela (9 June) -- Isabela Governor Maria Gracia Cielo M. Padaca has encouraged government and non-government organizations concern in the protection and preservation of the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park to pass a resolution opposing the construction of the proposed Palanan Road

Padaca stated that the pending resolution is now lodged in the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for appropriate action of the Regional Development Council (RDC) members, but as of now, she is already campaigning for the opposition of the proposed project.

The proposal aims to give road access to the people from Palanan to Isabela proper, to give opportunities to the Isabelinos to reach the beautiful beaches in the east coasts, especially during Holy Week and to boost the tourism industry in the coastal areas of the province.

Governor said there are many reasons why she is opposing the project. It will lead to the destruction of the natural park if the will be rehabilitated and constructed, there will be many trees to be cut down and it affects the biodiversity in the Sierra Madre and it will just pave way to illegal loggers to easily transport their illegally cut down logs to the market.

"There are 10 million board feet of illegally cut down trees were taken out every year without the Palanan Road being constructed, so how much more if it will be opened?" Padaca said.

In the conference on environment and development held here, Gov. Padaca sought the assistance and support of different environmentalist groups and other stakeholders to pass a resolution opposing the project.

Padaca mentioned that the provincial board of Isabela already passed resolution opposing the project but it is more convincing if other groups and agencies will also signify their opposition to the said issue.

On the other hand, Padaca said governors of other provinces signified their intentions to support her campaign and she is planning to conduct a regional summit for the protection of the forest, especially the whole stretch of the Sierra Madre Natural Park. (Ver/PIA-Cagayan) [top]

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