05/24/2010 [ tribune.net.ph ]
Local environment groups urged the new president to review the controversial projects of the Arroyo administration that will trigger environmental disasters, particularly the expansion of Caticlan airport in Aklan.
Roger Birosel, secretary general of Earthsavers Movement, said the soon-to-be environment and natural resources secretary should evaluate and examine the P2.5-billion Caticlan airport rehabilitation to international airport as it will degrade the healthy forest and destroy coral and beach zone of world-renowned beach of Boracay.
Birosel said he will inform Sen. Benigno Aquino III who leads in the presidential tally and newly elected senators that the project should be stopped immediately because the plan of its proponent — the Caticlan International Airport Development Corp. to level the hill beside the airport will also result in land and water deterioration, erosion and sedimentation.
Earlier, the 3,000 strong-member of the Boracay Foundation Inc. asked Aklan provincial officials not to proceed with the rush ground breaking activity on the upgrading of the Caticlan airport because of the negative environmental impact.