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

PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 07-318

A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE DOE, PNOC-EDC IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE CITY GOVERNMENT AND PCSDS TO UNDERTAKE ASSESSMENT OF THERMAL
SPRINGS LOCATED IN SANTA LUCIA-IWAHIG AND SANTA LOURDES-TAGBUROS
AREAS BOTH IN THE CITY OF PUERTO PRINCESA CITY

WHEREAS, geothermal resources can be harnessed as a form of energy whose applications range from power to non-power;

WHEREAS, geothermal energy has been widely used for power generation in the Philippines, which has a total installed capacity of 1931 MWe, but scarcely for non-power applications;

WHEREAS, the Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Health-Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health care (DOH-PITAHC) had jointly undertaken investigation of potential thermal areas for possible development under the Health Tourism Project of Thermal Areas in the Philippines (Spa Resort Project) and had selected Santa Lucia-Iwahig and Santa Lourdes-Tagburos hot spring area as a promising site for heath tourism;

WHEREAS, DOE received a letter request from the Local Government of the City of Puerto Princesa, Province of Palawan, for the development of the thermal springs known as the Santa Lucia-Iwahig and Santa Lourdes-Tagburos Hot Spring Areas within the jurisdiction of Puerto Princesa City; WHEREAS, PNOC-EDC has initially conducted exploration works in the province of Palawan in search of the geothermal energy resource ranging from reconnaissance to semi-detailed geological, geochemical and geophysical investigations;

WHEREAS, in an effort to assist the City, DOE enlists the help of Philippine National Oil Corporation-Energy Development Corporation (PNOC-EDC) to advise on the resource assessment considering PNOC-EDC’s previous works in the area;

WHEREAS, Section 6 of Republic Act 7611 otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act provides that the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) shall exercise the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP;

WHEREAS, all projects and undertakings to be implemented in Palawan have to secure SEP Clearance from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development pursuant to Section 19 of Republic Act 7611 and with reference to Rule IV, particularly Section 20 of the Amended Rules and Regulations implementing the SEP Law, Presidential Decree 1586 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations embodied in DENR DAO No. 96-37, Memorandum of Agreement entered into by and between DENR and PCSD on December 29, 1994 and pertinent laws;

WHEREFORE, on motion of the City Government representative and duly seconded, the Council RESOLVED as it is hereby RESOLVED that the PCSD supports the DOE, PNOC-EDC in collaboration with the City Government to undertake assessment of thermal springs located in Sta-Lucia-Iwahig and Sta. Lourdes-Tagburos areas both located in Puerto Princesa City subject to the provisions of PCSD Admin Order No. 6 “Guidelines in the Implementation of SEP Clearance System;

RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this resolution be furnished to the DOT, PNOC-EDC, DOT, DOH-PITAHC and concerned barangays.

APPROVED and ADOPTED this 26th day of January 2007 in Puerto Princesa City.

I hereby certify to the correctness and accuracy of the above-quoted resolution.

  APPROVED FOR THE COUNCIL
ROMEO B.DORADO
Acting Secretary
ABRAHAM KAHLIL B. MITRA
Chair, PCSD