PALAWAN – The province’s municipal council of Narra has opposed the construction of a 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Panacan by DMCI Power Corporation, a subsidiary of the Consunji-led DMCI Holdings Inc.
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Biologist Peter Widmann and his conservation group the Katala Foundation Inc. (KFI) has added their voice to the chorus of groups opposing the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Rasa Island in Narra town, two hours south of Puerto Princesa City, saying the facility would pose dangers to the habitat of the nearly extinct Katala, local name of the Palawan cockatoo.
As their name indicates, Philippine cockatoos can be found only in this country—but they are now a critically endangered species. The birds used to be widely found on many islands; by 2008, however, their number was down to less than 1,000, with about a quarter of the population now concentrated on Rasa Island and its surroundings in the municipality of Narra in Palawan. Rasa is a declared wildlife sanctuary and is of global importance for conservation because of not only the Philippine cockatoos but also the high number of threatened flora and fauna.
Despite serious concerns brought forward by the civil society, the affected municipal government, environmental groups and experts, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) under the chairmanship of Governor Abraham Kahlil Mitra endorsed the construction of a 15MW coal-fired power plant in Panacan, Narra, Palawan. The proposed site for the plant is about a kilometer away from Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary which is home for a large number of globally threatened animal and plant species, including the critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo.
Two persons were detained on Saturday by the Customs and Forest departments in the West Bengal's Malda district for travelling with birds of rare species without valid documents. Altogether, 24 exotic birds, valued at around Rs. 18 lakh, were found in their possession.