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Republic of the Philippines
PALAWAN COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
(R.A. 7611)
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 95-83

 

RESOLUTION APPROVING THE GUIDELINES ON VISITOR MANAGEMENT FOR THE CALAUIT GAME PRESERVE AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ITS TRUST FUND

WHEREAS, R.A. 7611, otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan, took effect on 19 June 1992 and Section 6 of said Act provides that the SEP shall serve as the framework to guide the government agencies concerned in the formulation of plans, programs and projects affecting the environment and natural resources of Palawan;

WHEREAS, Section of R.A. 7611 provides that the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP shall be exercised by the Palawan Council For Sustainable Development (PCSD), under the Office of the President;

WHEREAS, Section 19 of R.A. 7611 states that the Council is vested with power to “arrange, negotiable for, and accept donations, grants, gifts, and other funding from domestic and foreign sources to carry out the activities and purposes of the SEP;

WHEREAS, the Department of Justice Opinion No. 90 dated 20 June 1995 that the PCSD “possesses complete administrative and management authority over protected areas in Palawan’;

WHEREAS, effective 01 January 1995, through a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the PCSD, the management and implementation of the Calauit Sanctuary shall be under the PCSD;

WHEREAS, the PCSD Staff proposed “The Guidelines on Visitor Management and Establishment of Trust Fund for the Calauit Game Preserve and wildlife Sanctuary’;

NOW THEREFORE, upon motion by Cong. David A. Ponce De Leon, duly seconded by all the members of the Council present, the Council;

RESOLVED, as it hereby resolve, that the Council approves, as it hereby approve. “The Guidelines on Visitor Management and Establishment of Trust Fund for the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary’, hereinafter referred to as the Calauit Guidelines;

CHAPTER I
POLICY AND OBJECTIVE

Section 1. Policy . It is the policy of the PCSD to ensure the sustainable use, development, management, rehabilitation and conservation of the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife and Sanctuary (CGPWS) .

Section 2. Objective. To preserve and protect he indigenous and exotic wildlife and natural features of Calauit Island and promote public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the CGPWS in ways which maintain the unimpaired ecological of the said area an its wildlife for future generation.

CHAPTER II
PERMITS AND ENTRY FEES

Section 3. Visitor Permits. All visitors, Filipino and non-Filipino individuals, shall be required to obtain a permit prior to his/her entry to the Sanctuary;

(i) Application Forms to enter the Sanctuary shall be obtained and filed at the following offices:

PCSDS Manila Office
3rd Floor, Victoria I Bldg.
1670 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

PCSDS District Management Office
3rd Floor, Capitol Bldg.
Puerto Princesa City

PCSDS District Management Office Coron, Palawan

Other office as may be determined by The PCSD Staff

(ii) Processing of application to enter shall in no case exceed eight days.

Section 4. Fees. The following, hereinafter classified, are the entrance, other fees, and exemptions to be paid for by all visitors upon approval of application, and collected in the offices specified in section 1(i);

(i). Adults (12 yrs, and above) Filipino P 100

(ii).Non-Filipino nationals, adults -P300, children (below 12 years old)-P100

(iii).Filming (TV and Movie), Filipino-P5,000/day, non- Pilipino P10,000/day, exclusive of the use of the electricity and other facilities, required to acknowledge the Sanctuary Management and submit a complimentary copy for documentaries;

(iv).Other Fees. In addition to the above cited entrance fees, visitors are likewise expected to shoulder the fuel and lubricant costs; per 20 visitors at P450 per tour, or for a one day exclusive use of the service vehicle at P2,000.

(v).Exempted, Filipino: children below 12 yrs, old senior citizens (65 yrs. old and above), and disabled and handicapped.

(vi)Special discounted rates and/or Gratuitous Permits may however be acquires/ arranged from/ with the PCSD Staff for pre-arranged special tours for qualified Calamianes residents, educational tours, and research.

CHAPTER III
ALLOWED ACTIVITIES AND PROHIBITED ACTS WITHIN
THE SANCTUARY AND SERVICES RENDERED
BY THE SANCTUARY STAFF

SECTION 5. Entry. There shall be two designated entry points to the Sanctuary: (a) along Punda beach, and (b) _____________ Bay. Upon arrival, all visitors shall be required, (a) to register upon proof of an approved permit, (b) to allow her belongings inspected, and (c) pass through rigid quarantine.

SECTION 6. Activities. A maximum of 20 persons hall be allowed per tour at an average of 2 hours per tour within the Sanctuary. A 15-30 minute briefing shall be undertaken inclusive of what is in the Sanctuary and the itinerary for the day’s tour. After the briefing, visitors may proceed to the designated interpretive activity nosed/points and allowed to pursue approved recreation opportunities. After the tour all visitors shall be asked to fill up an assessment form.

SECTION 7. Services. Only the Visitors Center and designated areas shall be open for visitor use. Only duly accredited staff shall provide guided-tour to the visitors.

SECTION 8. Prohibited Acts. The following acts are hereby identified as prohibited within the Sanctuary;

i) going around without an accredited guide;

(ii) chasing, feeding and hurting of any wildlife species;

(iii) gathering, destroying, injuring, taking out, removing any terrestrial plant and/or marine organisms;

(iv) mutilating, defacing, or destroying objects of natural beauty, or objects of interest and of scenic value;

(v) vandalism;

(vi) carrying of firearms, except the Marine Contingent assigned in the Island;

(vii) setting or causing to set fire (including throwing of cigarette butts);

(viii) littering;

(ix) prohibited recreational devices and/or equipment in recreational activities, i.e. shooting birds and animals, use of dynamite, poisoning of fishes and other aquatic resources;

(x) drinking liquor and use of prohibited drugs;

(xi) gambling

(xii) bringing in of pets

(xiii) dropping of anchors outside of designated areas; and

(xiv) those other activities that the Council may so decide.

SECTION 9. Departure. All visitors are expected to depart not be later than 8:00 P.M. Overnight stay, for a fee to be determined, may however be allowed for a limited number of persons. In this regard, approval by the PCSD Staff has to be acquired prior to the actual visit.

SECTION 10. Penalties. Any person caught committing any of the prohibited acts shall, without prejudice to filing of criminal charges in accordance with existing laws, be subject to the following penalties;

(i) Fine;

(ii) Cancellation of permit and immediate ejection from the Sanctuary; and

(iii) Disqualification from further visiting the Sanctuary and other protected areas on the Province.

CHAPTER IV
ESTABLISHMENT OF TRUST FUND

SECTION 11. The Calauit Trust Fund. There is hereby established a trust fund to be known as the Calauit Trust Fund for purposes of financing the activities of the Sanctuary. All endowments to the Fund shall be exempted from income or gift taxes and all other taxes and/or charges. The following shall constitute as source(s) of the Fund;

(i) Proceeds from the permitted sale and export of excess exotic animal, as determined by a Population Management Committee;

(ii) Contributions from industries and facilities directly benefitting from the Sanctuary;

(iii) Fines and fees, including entry fees;

(iv) Contribution, donations, endowments and grants from any source; and

(v) Such other revenue as may be derived from the operation of the Sanctuary.

SECTION 12. Collection of Money. The PCSDS Executive Director or his duly authorized representative shall collect all fees and donations, and responsible in depositing the same in a Special Account. The Executive Director shall, on a quarterly basis, submit to the Council a statement of amounts collected within 15 days of each preceding quarter.

SECTION 13. Disbursement. Subject to existing rules and procedures prescribe by the Commission on Audit, the disbursement of the Fund shall be made solely for the protection maintenance, upgrading, rehabilitation, improvement, administration, and management of the Sanctuary, as reflected in a Work and Financial Plan to be approved by the Council.

CHAPTER V
EFFECTIVITY

SECTION 14. Effectivity. The Guidelines shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in two newspapers of general circulation.

SECTION 15. Transitory/Interim Provisions. These Guidelines is considered as interim in nature, subject to the finalization of Management Plan for the Sanctuary to be approved by the Council and/or refinement/final standardization of entrance and other fees in all protected areas in Palawan by the Council, as may be proposed by the Finance and Accounts Committee.

APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 17th day of march, 1995 in Puerto Princesa City.

CERTIFIED TRUE AND CORRECT APPROVED
ARTHUR R.VENTURA
SECRETARY
PCSDS
GOV.SALVADOR P. SOCRATES
CHAIRMAN