PRESS STATEMENT OF DENR SECRETARY ROY A. CIMATU ON THE PROPOSED THEME PARK IN PALAWAN

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), at all levels, including the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), has not yet received any formal communication from any project proponent about the proposed building of a theme park in Coron, Palawan.

We are, however, trying to find out the specifics of this supposed project even as we await the formal receipt of the said proposal.

The Department, in consultation with the key stakeholders shall conduct a thorough inquiry regarding the proposed project to ensure that ecological, social, economic and human interests are factored in into the project’s evaluation once received.

For the record, Coron, which forms part of the Calamianes Group of Islands, is a Key Marine Biodiversity Area of the country, with a high rate of flora and fauna endemism that supports the life of the communities in the area. It is also the ancestral domain of the indigenous people of the Tagbanua tribe.

In an anticipatory and participatory approach, however, I have directed the DENR Bureaus on Biodiversity Management, Environmental Management and the Region IV-B office, together with the PCSD, in close coordination with the Department of Tourism, the local government units, the Tagbanuas and their council of elders and other key stakeholders, to undertake an inquiry into this proposed plan, so that at the outset we can ensure that we continue to conserve and protect this last bastion of coastal biodiversity in Palawan.#