The proposal to convert 8 million hectares of land in the Palawan Man & Biosphere Reserve into oil palm plantations casts a harsh light on the Filipino government. Call on the Governor of Palawan to save the reserve.
Palawan, in spite of its unique recognition as a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve, has not been spared from massive investments in extractive resources and industrial agriculture, especially oil palm development.
District is not feasible for Malaysian company seeking a 20,000 ha oil palm plantation but a 10,0000 ha site found in neighbouring Marilog District, as another Malaysian investor still has plans for 30,000 ha.
two years after Supreme Court decision ordering distribution of Hacienda Luisita, Cojuangcos of Tarlac province still control 6,000-hectare sugar estate. Denial of farmers’ rights with the “imminent” entry of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan.