Republic of the Philippines
PALAWAN COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 04-228
“RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE POLICY THAT MAN AND WILDLIFE CANNOT CO-EXIST IN CALAUIT GAME PRESERVE AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY”
WHEREAS, on August 31, 1976 Presidential Proclamation No. 1578 was issued “Declaring as a Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary a Certain Parcel of Land of the Public Domain Embraced and Situated in the Island of Calauit, Municipality of New Busuanga, Island of Busuanga, Province of Palawan”;
WHEREAS, by virtue of the aforementioned declaration, some three thousand four hundred (3,400) hectares of land was withdrawn from sale, settlement, exploration or exploitation and set aside and declared as game preserve and wildlife sanctuary under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);
WHEREAS, in 1995, the management of the Sanctuary was turned over to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) pursuant to Republic Act No. 7611, DOJ Opinion No. 90, series of 1994, and the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by and between the PCSD and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources;
WHEREAS, in 1997, Republic Act No. 8371, otherwise known as “The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997” or IPRA, was enacted recognizing, among others, the rights of the indigenous peoples to their ancestral land/domain through the issuance by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) of the Certificate of Ancestral Land/Domain Title to qualified applicants;
WHEREAS, pursuant to the aforementioned IPRA, the NCIP is now processing the application of the members of the Balik Calauit Movement (BCM) for Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) despite the existence and validity of Presidential Proclamation No. 1578 and the opposition of the PCSD;
WHEREAS, in the PCSD meeting of February 27, 2004, as reflected in the approved minutes of meeting the NCIP representative stated that “the issuance of CADT is not anti-game preserve and wildlife sanctuary but the IP’s will co-manage the game preserve as stated in the IPRA. Though resettlement was provided at the time of proclamation, the IP’s are not constrained to reclaim their ancestral land as provided under RA 8371”;
WHEREAS, the Honorable Secretary Alfredo E. Abueg, Jr., referring to the above-quoted statement said “the position taken by NCIP is contrary to the provisions of Presidential Proclamation No. 1578 when Calauit Island was declared as wildlife sanctuary, where the proclamation has withdrawn all the lands covered therein from disposition, sale or alienation. In view thereof, it should be the position of the Council that any portion of the land therein cannot be subject of issuance of CADT”;
WHEREAS, Secretary Abueg further noted the statement of Undersecretary Cesar M. Drilon in the same minutes of meeting, in which it was stated: “USEC Drilon observed that as a visitor of Calauit Island he opined that man and wildlife cannot coexist as man by nature is a hunter and animals will never have a chance to survive such co-existence. If there will be inhabitants in the island, the animals will perish in due time.”
WHEREFORE, upon the motion of the Honorable Secretary Alfredo E. Abueg, Jr., duly seconded by Mr. Angel Antic, be it resolved, as it is hereby RESOLVED, that the above-quoted statement of Undersecretary Cesar M. Drilon be adopted, as it is hereby adopted, as a policy of the Council relative to Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the above-quoted policy statement, as herein adopted, guide the Council in forming opinion on matters pertaining to Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary under Presidential Proclamation No. 1578 and that the same policy be used as basis of any future action thereon.
RESOLVED FINALLY, that copy of this resolution be furnished the NCIP and other concerned entities for their information and guidance.
APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 24th day of March 2004.
I hereby certify to the correctness and accuracy of the foregoing resolution.
WINSTON G. ARZAGA
VICENTE A. SANDOVAL