Republic of the Philippines
PALAWAN COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 03-208
“A RESOLUTION REVISING PCSD ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 06, SERIES OF 2000”
WHEREAS, Section 16 of Republic Act 7611 otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act provides that the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP shall be exercised by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD);
WHEREAS, R.A.7611 declares as one of its policies to support and promote the sustainable development goals of the province through proper conservation, utilization and development of natural resources to provide optimum yields on a continuing basis;
WHEREAS, necessary functions and powers have been vested to the Council in order to successfully implement the provisions of this Act found in Section 19, such as the power to “adopt, amend and rescind such rules and regulations and impose penalties therefor for the effective implementation of the SEP and other provisions of this Act” (8); Enforce the provision of this Act and other existing laws, rules and regulations similar to or complementary with this Act (9), and Perform related functions which shall promote the development, conservation, management, protection and utilization of the natural resources of Palawan (10);
WHEREAS, PCSD issued in 2000 Administrative Order No.6 providing for the Guidelines in the Processing and Issuance of the SEP Clearance, otherwise known as the PCSD Clearance System;
WHEREAS, the Council saw the need to amend the said Administrative Order to simplify and strengthen the review process by: 1) formation of the PCSD Committee on Development Project and Evaluation to review Environmentally Critical Projects (ECP), Bioprospecting projects, and projects located on Environmentally Critical Areas (ECA) and other projects denied by the PCSD Staff on appeal; 2) focusing the review and evaluation process on the ECAN Guidelines; 3) authorizing the PCSDS Executive Director to issue SEP Clearance on behalf of the PCSD for Projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas (ECA) based on the Philippine EIS System and for Environment Enhancement Projects, Researches and similar undertakings that are to be carried out to generate data and information and other Projects identified by the PCSD; 4) shortening the period for the issuance of SEP Clearance; and 5) rationalizing the penalty provision.
WHEREFORE, be it resolved, as it is hereby resolved, that the revised guidelines in the implementation of the SEP Clearance System be adopted, as it is hereby adopted, as contained in Annex “A”, hereto attached as integral part of this resolution. RESOLVED FURTHER THAT, after four months of implementation of the Revised Guidelines in the SEP Clearance System, the same shall be subjected to review and evaluation of the Council; RESOLVED FINALLY THAT, details of the guidelines shall make clear the distinction of the category of projects that will require proofs of social acceptability from each endorsing body.
APPROVED and ADOPTED this 17th day of January 2003 in Sofronio Española, Palawan. I hereby certify to the correctness and accuracy of the above-quoted resolution.
Exec. Dir. WINSTON G. ARZAGA
HON. VICENTE A. SANDOVAL