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

PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 08-362

A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE RESEARCH AGENDA OF THE WILDLIFE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE OF THE PCSD

WHEREAS, Republic Act 9147, otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” was approved on July 30,2001 to carry out the national policy of conserving the country’s wildlife resources and their habitat for sustainability;

WHEREAS, Section 4 of this Act stipulates that in the province of Palawan, the jurisdiction for the implementation of Republic Act 9147 was conferred to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) by virtue of Republic 7611 while its nationwide implementation resides under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);

WHEREAS, Joint DENR-DA-PCSD Administrative Order No. 01 “Joint Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was issued stipulating thereof the specific mandates of the three government agencies pursuant to RA 9147;

WHEREAS, under Art. 1 Section 6 of Chapter III (Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources) of the Joint IRR, it is stipulated that all activities shall be authorized upon proper evaluation of best available information or scientific data showing that the activity is, or for a purpose, not detrimental to the survival of the species or subspecies involved and/or their habitat;

WHEREAS, in relation to aforecited Sections 4 and 6, Rule 6.1 of the Joint Implementing Rules and Regulations jointly issued by the DENR, DA and PCSD, a National Wildlife Management Committee (NWMC) shall be created separately by the DENR, DA and PCSD to provide technical and scientific advice;

WHEREAS, the PCSD ENR Committee created a Wildlife Sub-committee and based on the provision of Rule 26.1 of the Joint Admin Order No. 1, the ENR Committee resolved that said sub-committee shall serve as the Wildlife Management Committee as required by Law;

WHEREAS
, whereas in addition to the creation of s Wildlife Sub-committee a corresponding research agenda was likewise presented to the ENR Committee;

WHEREFORE
, for and in consideration of the foregoing premises and on motion duly seconded, the Council RESOLVED, as it is hereby RESOLVED to adopt the aforementioned research agenda of the Wildlife Sub-committee;

Section 1. This research agenda shall serve as the Wildlife Sub-committee’s concrete basis for initiating scientific studies on the conservation of biological biodiversity in Palawan. ¦

Section 2. The research agenda shall cover both the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as follows:

2.1 Terrestrial
(a). The following general activities shall be implemented:
i. Profiling of different types of habitat, their interdependence and successional changes ii. Ecological impacts of alien invasive species
iii. Effects of environmental changes on species and habitats
iv. Wildlife trade

(b) The following studies shall have priority concern for terrestrial flora:
i. Systematics, taxonomy, phylogenetic studies
ii. Phenological studies of various vegetation types
iii. Habitat association studies, such as biological indicators for mineral, ultramafic forests and mycorrhizal associations;
iv. Biology and ecology
v. Pharmacological investigations

(c) Priority studies for terrestrial fauna shall include:
i. Biology and ecology
ii. Population estimates

(d) Priority species in the research agenda shall cover (i) critically endangered
Philippine Pond Turtle (Seibenrockeilla leytensis) and (ii) endangered
birds, mammals and reptiles as follows:

Birds:

Scientific Name Common Name
i. Anthracoceros marchei Palawan Hornbill
ii. Polyplecton emphanum Palawan Peacock Pheasant
Hi. Caloenas nicobarica Nicobar Pigeon
iv. Prioniturus platenae Blue-headed Racquet Tail
v. Ficedula platenae Palawan Flycatcher
vi. Gracula religiosa palawanensis * Palawan Talking Mynah
vii. Tanygnathus lucionensis* Blue Naped Parrot
Mammals:
viii. Sus barbatus Palawan Bearded Pig
ix. Traulus napu Mouse Deer
X. Megapodius cumingii Tabon Bird
xi. Macaca fascicularis Philippine Monkey
xii. Arcticits binturong whitei Palawan Bear Cat
xiii. Axis calamianensis Calamian Deer

Reptiles:
xiv. Varanus salvator                                                Monitor Lizard
CITES Listed (Non-IUCN)
xv.  Manis culionensis                                               Scaly Anteater
xvi. Prionilurus bengalensis                                       Leopard Cat

(e)    Priority Areas for terrestrial ecosystems research shall include:
i.      Tres Marias, Bataraza
ii.     Mt. Mantalingahan range
ii.     Victoria-Anipahan Range
iii.    San Vicente-Taytay-Roxas Forest

(f)     Second priority area on the other hand, shall cover the following northern
municipalities:
i.      Balabac
ii.     El Nido
iii.    Culion
iv.    Busuanga

2.2 Aquatic Ecosystems:
a.  The general subject matters/research topics under aquatic ecosystems shall include:
i.      Trade
ii.     Distribution and Abundance
iii.    Taxonomy
iv.   Biology
v.    Biological indicators

b. Priority Taxa for research shall include:
i.   Whales and Dolphins
ii.  Water birds
iii.  SeaTurtles
iv.  IUCN/CITES Listed Fishes
v.  Corals, Sea Grasses and Mangroves
vi.  Economically important species such as the leopard coral grouper (“suno”), Plectroponus leopardus

c. The priority study areas shall be the following:
i.      West Coast
ii.     Balabac
iii.    Quezon/Rizal
iv.   UluganBay
v.    Northwest Coast
vi.   Atong Lake, Victoria Peak

Section 3. The Wildlife Sub-committee of the PCSD Committee of Environment and Natural Resources shall spearhead the implementation of the aforementioned research agenda in collaboration with appropriate research institutions.

RESOLVED FINALLY,
that copies of this Resolution be furnished all concerned government agencies, academe and research institutions for information and guidance.

ADOPTED AND APPROVED
this 30th day of May 2008 at PSDTI, Puerto Princesa City.

I hereby certify the correctness and accuracy of the foregoing resolution.

ROMEO B. DORADO
Secretary
APPROVED:

HON.MARIO JOEL T. REYES
Chairman