PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 14-506
“APPROVING THE REVISED GUIDELINES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SEP CLEARANCE SYSTEM FURTHER AMENDING PCSD ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 6, SERIES OF 2008”
WHEREAS, R.A. 7611, otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan, took effect on 19 June 1992 section 6 of which 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 the same law provides that the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP shall be exercised by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD);
WHEREAS, Sections 7 to 11 of said Act provides for the establishment of an Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN), the main strategy of SEP, which is a graded system of protection and development control over the whole of Palawan, including its tribal lands, forests, mines, agricultural areas, settlement areas, small islands, mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds and the surrounding sea;
WHEREAS, to ensure the attainment of the objectives of ECAN, the PCSD promulgated Administrative Order No. 06 on the SEP Clearance System through which all projects of the proponents are evaluated based on ECAN Zoning of Palawan, as above-mentioned, as well as based on their ecological viability, social acceptability and integrated approach;
WHEREAS, Section 19 of the same Act empowers the Council to formulate plans and policies as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the SEP, as well as to adopt, amend and rescind such rules and regulations and impose penalties therefor, for the effective implementation thereof and to perform such other powers and functions as may be necessary in carrying out its functions, powers, and the provisions of the SEP law;
WHEREAS, to ensure the attainment of the ends of ECAN, the PCSD, on February 25, 2000, promulgated Administrative Order No. 06, otherwise known as the Revised Guidelines in the implementation of SEP Clearance System, as amended, through which all projects of the proponents are evaluated based on ECAN Zoning of Palawan, as above-mentioned, as well as based on their ecological sustainability, social acceptability and economic viability, which Administrative Order was amended in 2002 and further revised on February 29, 2008;
WHEREAS, this Council recognizes the need to revised PCSD Administrative Order No. 06, series of 2008, in order to align it with its present objectives and goals of categorizing projects, provide for reasonable requirements and procedure depending on the category and strengthening the participation of local government units through ECAN Boards;
WHEREAS, the revised guidelines has been presented to the Executive Committee and exhaustively discussed in its meeting on August 27, 2014, and thereafter the same was recommended for adoption by the Council;
WHEREFORE, upon motion duly seconded, the Council RESOLVES, as it is hereby resolved, to approve as it is hereby approved the REVISED GUIDELINES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SEP CLEARANCE SYSTEM, further amending PCSD Administrative Order No. 06, series of 2008, hereto attached as integral part of this resolution;
RESOLVED FURTHER, that copies of this resolution be sent to all Local Government Units and other concerned agencies in the Province of Palawan for guidance;
RESOLVED FINALLY, that copy of this resolution be published in newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Palawan and deposited at the Office of the National Administrative Register at the UP Law Center, Diliman, Quezon City
RESOLVED AND ADOPTED this 28th day of October 2014 in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.
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I hereby certify that the above-quoted resolution has been duly adopted by the PCSD on the 28th day of October 2014.
NELSON P. DEVANADERA
GOV. JOSE CH. ALVAREZ
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