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

PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 94-65

RESOLUTION ADOPTING A PROCEDURE IN EVALUATING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW LICENSES/PERMITS IN THE UTILIZATION AND OR EXPLOITATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN PALAWAN

WHEREAS, R.A. 7611,, otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan took effect on 19 June 1992 and Section 16 of said Act 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 6 of R.A. 7611 also 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, Sections 7-11 of said Act provides for the establishment of an Environmental Critical Areas Netwrok (ECAN), the main strategy of SEP wchich is a graded system of protection and development control over the whole of Palawan, including its tribal lands, forests, mines, agricultural areas, settlement areas, small islands, mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds and the surrounding sea ;

WHEREAS, the PCSD, in its 23rd Council meeting held on 16 February 1994, adopted, through Resolutionn No.94-44, the guidelines in implementing the ECAN, prescribing among others, the criteria in establishing the zones, the allowable activities within the identified zones, and the primordial role of the local government units in establishing the ECAN In their respective municipalities;

WHEREAS, on 24 November 1993, DENR Region IV Director instructed the PENRO and all the CENROs in Palawan that all new or renewal applications for permits/licenses shall be coursed through the PCSD for comments and recommendations prior to its final evaluation and possible approval ;

WHEREAS, the PCSD, in its 26th Council meeting held on 26 July 1994, adopted, through Resolution No. 94-51, a policy of giving preferential rights to the indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) of Palawan to collect and gather minor forest products in the province;

WHEREAS, the PCSD recognized the need to establish its own evaluation procedures for all new applications pursuant to R.A. 7611 and related rules and regulations ;

NOW THEREFORE, upon motion by RED Wilfrido Pollisco duly seconded Cong. Alfredo E, Abueg Jr., all the members of the Council present;

RESOLVED, as it hereby resolve, to adopt the following as the procedure in evaluating new applications for permits/licenses in the utilisation and/ or exploitation of natural resources in Palawan ;

    1. The local ( city /municipal) chief executive certifies that the local government unit concerned interposes no objection to the application;

 

    1. The CENRO and/or PENRO certifies that the application is not in confilict with an earlier application or existing permit, it is not 1ocated in any of the protected area or reserves, and whether or not there is a need for the proponent to undertake an Initial Environmental Examination and/or a full-blown Environmental Impact Assessment;

 

    1. The PCSD Staff certifies that the application is not in conflict with the allowed activities within the zones of the Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN) as regard, the proponent has to submit a map in a 1:50,000 scale (indicating the proper coordinates), Further, if required, mitigating measures may be suggested by the PCSD Staff;

 

    1. If the proposal is located within a proposed or existing ancestral land/domain, as determined by the PCSD Staff the proponent has to acqure an endorsement or waiver from the concerned indigenous cuItural community (ICC) and/ or its ICC leader, measures may be suggested by the PCSD Staff;

RESOLVED FINALLY

    1. , that copies, of this resolution be furnished to all concerned agencies for their information, consideration and appropriate action

APPROVED AND APOPTED

    this 26th day of October, 1994 in Puerto Princesa City.
Certified True and Correct:

Executive Dir. ARTHUR R. VENTURA
Secretary

APPROVED:

GOV.SALVADOR P. SOCRATES
Chairman