The acacia trees began to be famous in the city of Puerto Princesa after signing of a petition online in 2017. Recently, it has been rounded and added by thousands of light bulbs to give brighter roads to the travelers.
On March 7, the acacia trees were officially lit with LED bulbs which made the road brighter. It has been witnessed by the bikers, riders, local government and residents in the area. There are 4,000 LED bulbs attached to the acacia trees. It was visited by hundreds to personally watch the road that turned out to be a tunnel of lights beyond the jungle.
Way back in 2017, the Acacia Trees were saved from cutting down, to make a superhighway. The superhighway (6 lane road) was part of road widening in the city and luckily it was saved under the petition website signed by the 1,500 people concerned in change.org. The cutting down of the half-century trees was cancelled.
The road is located in Barangay Irawan extending to Barangay Inagawan. The area has become a popular attraction to travelers and is often called the Acacia Tunnel.
As the trees were filled with the thousands of LED bulbs, others are worried about the negative effects for the trees, nocturnal animals and the environment. Palawan is a home of endangered species and some of the animals living in the forest are active at night.
Jovic Fabello, Spokesperson of Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) said that "Kung tatanungin talaga kung may effect ang mga ilaw na ‘yan, may effect talaga sa natural flora and fauna. Sa trees pa lang, ‘yong init na galing sa light bulbs, eh 4,220 piraso ‘yon, malaki na talaga ang puwedeng maging damage sa mga puno. Sa animals naman, for sure, aalis na talaga ang mga bats doon. It will also disrupt predator-prey relationships. Ang mga hayop kasi naco-confuse sila sa ilaw dahil mayroon silang natural cycle. Maapektuhan din ang kanilang mga reproductive cycles".
He also added that "Sa animals naman, for sure, aalis na talaga ang mga bats doon. It will also disrupt predator-prey relationships. Ang mga hayop kasi naco-confuse sila sa ilaw dahil mayroon silang natural cycle. Maapektuhan din ang kanilang mga reproductive cycles."
In the end of his interview he suggested "For mitigation, siguro dapat mag-come up ang city ng sistema na hindi madadagdagan ang light pollution, like dapat four hours lang nan aka-on ang ilaw. Pangalawa, dapat lagyan ng takip ang mga ilaw para ‘yong init galing sa bulbs ay diretso sa lupa at hindi nag-i-spread sa mga puno. Also, dapat hindi dikit-dikit ang mga ilaw, kung puwede 1-meter apart,".
Trees give us shades naturally. It is important for us, humans. But on the other hand, not all ideas from people are good or beneficial to the environment. Even with the highest technology, there's no equal to the creatures and the living organisms in the environment. We should take care of our surroundings.