“AUTHORIZING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NELSON P. DEVANADERA TO ACT AS PCSD REPRESENTATIVE AND SIGNATORY TO THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PHILIPPINE MARINE TURTLE PROTECTED AREA NETWORK”
WHEREAS, on June 19, 1992, Republic Act No. 7611, otherwise known as the “Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act was enacted, declaring the policy to protect, develop and conserve Palawan’s natural resources. It shall support and promote the sustainable development goals for the province through proper conservation, utilization and development of natural resources to provide optimum yields on a continuing basis;
WHEREAS, Section 4 of the same law adopts the SEP as a comprehensive framework for the sustainable development of Palawan which serves to guide the local government of Palawan and the government agencies concerned in the formulation of plans, programs and projects affecting the province;
WHEREAS, Section 16 of the same law provides for the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP which shall be exercised by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) responsible for the implementation of the Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN), a graded system of protection and development control over the whole province that covers the terrestrial, coastal/marine and tribal ancestral lands
WHEREAS, Section 4 of Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act provides that in the Province of Palawan, jurisdiction conferred to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture is vested to the PCSD pursuant to Republic Act No. 7611;
WHEREAS, Palawan is identified as biodiversity rich province with 32 Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) and strategically located within the center of the Coral Triangle;
WHEREAS, the integrated ridge-to-reef strategy through ECAN aims to safeguard the ecological importance of the Province of Palawan which is home to large proportion of endemic plants and animals including migratory species which include marine turtles;
WHEREAS, it is recognized that marine sea turtles migrate over vast distances through documented network area over the ocean, making established cooperation and concerted efforts among national and local government agencies, local communities and other stakeholders essential to manage, conserve and protect them successfully;
WHEREAS, the Marine Turtle Protected Area Network is based on scientific studies using satellite telemetry, tagging, and aerial surveys, which identified delineated priority conservation areas, including migratory pathways, developmental, foraging, and nesting habitats that form part of the Philippine Sea Turtle Corridor within the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape;
WHEREAS, the Provinces of Palawan and Tawi-Tawi each hosts areas found to be traditional nesting sites, developmental habitats or feeding grounds of marine turtles, specifically the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata);
WHEREAS, recognizing the a need to jointly manage and protect the only remaining major green turtle habitats and population in the Southeast Asian region through a unified approach in the formulation and attainment of the management and protection strategies/goals, it was proposed that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) be drafted to establish a Philippine Marine Turtle Protected Area Network (MTPAN) and formalize the roles and responsibilities of the agencies and organizations charged with the management, conservation and protection of Marine Turtles;
WHEREAS, the MOA aims to establish and effectively manage a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to strengthen the protection of marine turtles and their habitats for the purpose of sustaining and maintaining a viable population of marine turtles, to improve management effectiveness of critical habitats of marine turtles within the MTPAN, to contribute to meeting the Philippine Government’s commitments to international agreements and to reduce or eradicate the threats to marine turtle populations within the MTPAN, especially by addressing the sources of marine turtle mortalities, including poaching of marine turtle eggs, by-catch of marine turtles in fisheries, and the disturbance of nesting and foraging habitats;
WHEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and on motion duly seconded, the Council resolves to authorize PCSD Executive Director Nelson P. Devanadera as he is hereby AUTHORIZED to act as PCSD representative and signatory to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the establishment of the Philippine Marine Turtle Protected Area Network;
RESOLVED FINALLY, that a copy of this resolution be furnished the concerned agencies and parties for information and guidance;
ADOPTED AND APPROVED this 13th day of November 2017 in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines.
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I hereby certify that the above-quoted resolution has been duly adopted by the PCSD on the 13th day of November 2017.
NELSON P. DEVANADERA
VICTORINO DENNIS M. SOCRATES
Vice Chair, PCSD
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