A loss to financial system, a win for surroundings

An aerial view of Palawan (Unsplash/Rhys McKay)

The Palawan division plebiscite has been concluded on Tuesday and it’ll stay one province.

Nonetheless, the arguments surrounding the choice to not cut up the it stay divided.

Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez thought of the large objection to divide the province as a “loss” to the financial system.

Residents and different environmentalists, in the meantime, deemed it a win to avoid wasting Palawan and its biodiversity.

Underneath the Republic Act 11259 or an act dividing the province of Palawan into three provinces—Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan del Sur, a conduct of a plebiscite supervised by the Fee on Elections is required.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed this measure on April 5, 2019.

Part 15 reads: “The provinces of Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur shall be created upon approval by nearly all of the votes forged by the voters of the affected areas in a plebiscite.”

Within the newest tally of outcomes at 5 p.m. of Tuesday, the Comelec reported that 172,304 voted “No”  towards the division of the province and 122,223 votes “Sure” in favor of the cut up.

A photograph of canvassing for the Palawan plebiscite from COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez (James Jimenez/Twitter)

Alvarez’s views

With partial outcomes on Monday, Alvarez conceded to those that voted towards the proposition within the historic plebiscite and famous that proponents won’t file an electoral protest.

The margin was slim that point with 75,075 “no” votes towards 68,198 who supported the initiative.

Alvarez and different politicians beforehand stated that the division might assist fast-track the distribution of presidency companies and items to far-flung areas in Palawan.

Nonetheless, because of the prevailing votes, Alvarez lamented and claimed that the rejection of the laws was the Palaweños’ loss.

“Hindi naman ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ang natalo. Ang natalo dito ang sambayanang Palaweño dahil ang batas na ito ay para sa kanila ngunit hindi tinanggap,” he stated in a briefing.

Alvarez stated he accepted the bulk’s resolution.

“‘Yon ang end result na hindi mababago, tinatanggap natin nang buo,” he stated.

Cheers from the bulk

The prevailing vote, alternatively, acquired cheers from the general public.

“The Duterte regime pushing for the division of Palawan into 3 separate provinces. And the folks voting NO,” stated author Jerry Gracio.

Surroundings group Oceana Philippines additionally joined in and congratulated those that sought to maintain Palawan as one province.

Some Filipinos additionally identified that the end result displays the residents’ hopes to guard their dwelling province from environmental destruction.

“It’s official! The Philippines’ final ecological frontier stays One Palawan. Sobrang overwhelming simula pa lang nung naglalabasan yung mga partial and unofficial tallies from completely different municipalities,” one Fb consumer stated.

“In such a method, it successfully averted or prevented as properly the approaching and more often than not unlawful Chinese language incursion into the island and it’s territorial jurisdiction which these politicians can be prepared to facilitate as soon as a divided Palawan turned a actuality,” one other consumer stated.

Mongabay, a global publication about environment-related information and points, acknowledged that Palawan’s weak conservation insurance policies led to instances of poaching, unlawful commerce and incursions from international vessels.

“Palawan is taken into account the ‘hottest hotspot’ within the Philippines’ wildlife trafficking routes, in response to USAID’s Defend Wildlife undertaking, additionally citing intelligence stories exhibiting the involvement of ‘influential those who preserve a community of perpetrators,’” the article stated.

Eager for 2022 elections

Some social media customers, in the meantime, noticed that the profitable plebiscite displays that the approaching polls is possible amid the pandemic.

“And but, amid a pandemic, Palaweños overwhelmingly voted to reject this onerous proposal. There’s hope,” anthropologist Gideon Lasco stated.

“Palawan’s plebiscite is giving me a purpose to hope for the upcoming elections. Then once more will probably be a number of each on-line and on-ground work to do,” a public coverage advocate stated.

“The principle implication for this one is that this plebiscite reveals the nationwide elections in 2022 is bodily possible. Any excuse on cancelling it outright would robotically imply malicious intent,” one,” one other consumer commented.


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