The legitimization of Republic Act 7611 or the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan Act launched not only a distinct and proactive law but also introduced a unique body that carries powerful responsibility and locally working only in one province like Palawan. While SEP is a national law, its effectivity covers only Palawan. This body is called the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).
The PCSD is a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary body, which under the law is charged with the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP. It is directly under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
The Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act (Republic Act 7611) converted the former Palawan Integrated Area Development Project Office (PIADPO) into Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff.
The Staff is tasked to provide machinery to coordinate the policy and functions, implement programs and organize such services required by the Council in the exercise of its functions. The PCSD Staff is headed by an Executive Director who directs and supervises all operations and is an ex-officio member and Secretary of the PCSD.
The PCSD Staff operates under the Office of the Executive Director with two departments, namely: Planning and Technical Services Department (PTSD) and the Project Operations and Implementation Department (POID).