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

PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 04-239

” A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE UPDATED MAP OF THE ENVIRONMENTALLY CRITICAL AREAS NETWORK OF PALAWAN BASED FROM THE NEW LAND MAP “

WHEREAS, on 19 June 1992, Republic Act No. 7611, otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Pian (SEP) for Palawan Act, was approved and Section 6 thereof 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, the main strategy of the SEP is the establishment of the Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN), a graded system of protection and development control over the whole of Palawan:

WHEREAS, the PCSD in Resolution No. 94-44 adopted the guidelines in implementing ECAN, setting certain parameters / criteria in zoning the terrestrial, coastal and tribal ancestral lands / domains of the province;

WHEREAS, a preliminary ECAN map of Palawan was drafted in 1994 considering only elevation (topography) criterion due to the absence of information on other criteria set forth in Republic Act No. 7611 and in the ECAN guidelines provided in PCSD Resolution 94-44;

WHEREAS, Revised ECAN Map of Palawan based on elevation, slope and 1992 land cover data was later approved on 02 March 2001 PCSD meeting as provided in PCSD Resolution No. 01-181;

WHEREAS, Section 5 and 8 of PCSD Resolution 94-44 provides for the progressive review, revision and updating of the Revised ECAN map upon acquisition of new information or data;

WHEREAS, upon acquisition of updated information on vegetative cover of Palawan, an Updated ECAN Zones Map was drafted using the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology;

WHEREAS, the updated ECAN map, now based on elevation, slope, and 1998 vegetative (forest) cover criteria, fairly depicts the current bio-physical and environmental condition of the province and conforms with the provisions of Section 3 and 24 of PCSD Resolution 94-44, to make the ECAN zoning plan the guide to all entities and residents of Palawan in formulating and implementing plans and programs;

WHEREAS, the Updated ECAN Zones Map although still being subjected to field validation and community consultation is being used by the PCSDS in the evaluation of projects for the issuance of SEP clearance through a participatory and through scientific decision making.

NOW THEREFORE, on motion of Gov. Joel T. Reyes, duly seconded by Atty. Joselito C. Alisuag, the Council resolves, as it is hereby RESOLVED, to approve, as it is hereby APPROVED, the Updated ECAN Zones Map of Palawan, hereto attached as Annex “A”, based on the mapping procedures, hereto attached as Annex “B”, both attachments being an integral part of this resolution;

RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this resolution be furnished all local government units, government agencies and non-governmental organizations operating in the province and all concerned sectors to serve as guide in the formulation of plans and development activities in accordance with the sustainable development objectives of the SEP;

APPROVED and ADOPTED this 24th day of September 2004 in Metro Manila. I hereby certify to the correctness and accuracy of the above-quoted resolution.

NELSON P. DEVANADERA
Secretary


APPROVED FOR THE COUNCIL:

HON. ABRAHAM KAHLIL B. MITRA
Chair,PCSD