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

PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 95-76

RESOLUTION OBJECTING TO THE CREATION OF AN EL NIDO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE/AUTHORITY BY DENR SEC. ANGEL C. ALCALA, WHICH IS CONTRARY TO THE RECENTLY SIGNED (MOTHER) MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE DENR AND THE PCSD

WHEREAS, Section 16 of R.A. 7611 otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan, took effect on 19 June 1992 and Section 6 of said Act 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, Section 16 of R.A 7611 provides that the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP shall exercised by the Palawan Council For Sustainable Development (PCSD) under the Office of the President;

WHEREAS, ON 29 December 1994 a (Mother) Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the PCSD stating therein that all policies, plans, programs, and projects affecting the sustainable development of Palawan shall be approved by the PCSD and if required shall be implemented by DENR;

WHEREAS, it has come to the knowledge of the PCSD that the DENR is in the process of creating a so called El Nido Environmental Management Committee/Authority vested with powers to manage and regulate the El Nido Marine Reserve in El Nido, Palawan;

WHEREAS, the abovecited creation if true as being undertaken by the DENR without proper knowledge and approval by the PCSD and may be in direct violation of the spirit and intent of the (Mother) Memorandum of Agreement;

WHEREAS, on 05 January 1995 the PCSD in its 33rd Regular Meeting, resolved, through PCSD Resolution No. 95-68, that there shall be created a Protected Area Management Committee (PAMC) for each of the protected area in the Province;

NOW THEREFORE, upon unanimous motion by all the members of the Council present, the Council;

RESOLVED, as it hereby resolve that the Council object, as it hereby objects, to the creation of the said El Nido Environmental Management Committee/Authority by the DENR which is in violation to the recently signed (Mother) Memorandum of Agreement between DENR and the PCSD;

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Council request, as it hereby requests, DENR SEC, ANGEL ALCALA to refrain from furthering the abovecited action, in order to avoid confusion, and that the DENR submit to the PCSD for approval its planned activities for the El Nido Marine Reserve;

RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this resolution be sent to honorable Sec. Angel Alcala, Honorable Executive Secretary Teofisto Guingona, other concerned agencies and local government units, for their information, consideration and appropriated action;

APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 3rd day of February, 1995 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan;

Certified True and Correct:

ARTHUR R. VENTURA
Secretary

Approved:

GOV.SALVADOR P. SOCRATES
Chairman,PCSD