Tubbataha Reef Case

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Lacsaman, Sakhiah T.April 16, 2013
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Case: Tubbataha Reef

1. I do not agree on the proposal for development. Tubbataha Reef is one of those heavenly places that Philippines should be proud of. The public is now more aware of the reef and its importance to the environment and the economy. After many years of neglect, there are now greater and more widespread efforts to save Tubbataha reef. And yet, it seems that all these efforts are not well-coordinated. In fact, some of the efforts quickly die out. Many are handicapped by lack of funds, and even government support is not enough. Despite the revenues and economic development that Shemberg would possibly brought in the development plan, I, as a Filipino citizen and as someone who used to live in Palawan, do not agree with their proposal. Saving mother earth should be the priority of the government. With the rapid growth of technology and globalization, the least we could do is preserve our natural environment and keep it from being damaged further. Apart from the development plan proposed by Shemberg I’m sure there are other ways to bring in money to the economy without damaging Tubbataha Reef. There is a very great need for an effective organization and planning to save the reef. Such should also take care of the people and communities that depend on the reef. The management of the reef need to be funded adequately, with support of the government, the private sector and the people. 2. Issues of development in the case:

* The development plan would benefit 6,000 poor families and generate FOREX earnings of $22.5 million. Sales tax and other licenses fees would also earn for the province of Palawan and the national government 240 million. * Poor fishermen and families would be relocated to the place and would benefit from seaweed farming and thus, it would create livelihood for the villagers around that area. * The island is known for its pollution-free waters and if the...
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