Mon. Jan 20th, 2020

Brooke’s Point backs division of Palawan

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Officials and residents of Brooke’s Point town expressed support to the plan to create three new Palawan provinces.

“We are supporting it 100 percent,” Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano said amidst strong opposition from the civil society groups Save Palawan Movement (SPM) and OnePalawan.

Feliciano said she sees “no disadvantage” to the creation of Palawan del Sur, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Norte since the delivery of services to the people will be sped up.

She particularly cited how towns in southern Palawan like Brooke’s Point are also longing for easier transactions, for example in the processing of documents.

“One hundred percent pabor ako sa paghahati ng lalawigan ng Palawan at wala akong nakikitang disadvantage kung sakaling maisabatas ang paghahati sa lalawigan dahil mas mapapadali ang pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa mamamayan lalo na sa mga liblib na lugar. Doon sa mga nag-o-oppose which is karamihan ay taga-Puerto Princesa City, ayaw nyo ba na maranasan namin ang ginhawa na nararanasan n’yo na mabilis at madaling pag-proseso ng mga dokumento sa kapitolyo?” Feliciano pointed out.

Earlier, the Senate approved on third and final reading bill 8055 sponsored by Sen. Sonny Angara, the chairman of the committee on local government.

“Naka-attend ako ng Senate hearing (2nd reading) with Gov. Jose Chavez Alvarez and mayor Demaala ng Narra and others, and nakita ko na napakaganda nung panukala, malaki ang maitutulong nito sa pag-unlad ng lalawigan,  dahil mas matutukan ng isang liderato and nasasakupan kung mas maliit” she added.

She said Palawan is one of the biggest provinces in the Philippines but “it is last when it comes to developments compared to other provinces like Batanes, Camiguin, and others that are even smaller provinces.”

“Palawan is one of  the biggest provinces in the Philippines, pero huli sa pag-unlad. Kung sakaling madivide into three ang Palawan, magkakaroon ng tatlong kapitolyo. Ibig sabihin nyan, bababa rin sa atin ang mga national offices na magcre-create ng mga job opportunities sa mga business establishments. Kaya mas mapapadali ang pag-unlad,”  Feliciano said.

Local resident Krist Joseph Jagmis Cadlaon, Municipal 4-H Club coordinator and farmers information and technology services specialist, also favors the creation of three Palawan provinces to speed up the delivery of basic services.

He said if the referendum favors the division, residents in upland communities will be given priorities in the provision of the health services they need.

He explained one reason why they are prone to recruitment in the New People’s Army (NPA) is that they feel neglected, and they feel that there will be more corruption.

“Base sa mga nakakausap ko, one of the reason kung bakit ayaw nilang ma-divide ang Palawan ay ang corruption. Lalo na it will involve millions of money pagdating sa pagtatatag ng panibagong pamunuan,” Cadlaon said.

He said the New People’s Army (NPA) can easily convince the people, especially in the hinterland areas because they lack attention from the provincial government.

“Bilang information/communication services specialist and sometimes representative ng department of agriculture, nakakasama ako sa mga activities ng mga awtoridad tulad ng marines, police, armed forces at iba pa sa mga bulubunduking bahagi ng ating bayan, at dito nakikita ko na isang reason kung bakit madaling naaakit ng mga rebeldeng grupo ang ating mga kababayan sa mga remote areas ay dahil hindi sila natututukan ng ating gobyerno. Malayo at mahirap silang abutin ng mga serbisyo dahil sa lawak ng sakop ng lalawigan. Kaya advantage kung mahahati ang Palawan sa tatlong lalawigan para mas mapadali ang serbisyo,” Cadlaon said.

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