The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), the implementing arm of the multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary body PCSD, is preparing for the celebration of the silver anniversary of RA 7611 or the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act of 1992 on June 19, 2017.
In connection, a resolution directing the creation of the organizing committee for the SEP anniversary was approved by the Council during its 222nd Regular Meeting on January 28.
“The Organizing Committee shall formulate, propose, direct and recommend plans, programs and policies to facilitate the preparation in collaboration with all related agencies, associations, organizations and individuals in celebrating the 25th SEP Anniversary to highlight the importance, implications, contributions and achievements of the SEP Law to the people and the community,” states its explanatory note.
This committee will be headed by PCSDS Executive Director Nelson P. Devanadera as the ex-officio chairman, while the vice chairman is to be elected from among the committee members. The members, on the other hand, will be composed of the following: one representative from each of the Council member agencies, one representative from each ECAN Board, representatives from the academe, and a representative from other entities that may be identified by the committee.
Atty Adelina Villena, PCSDS Director for Operations, further proposed during the Council meeting to hold the celebration of the 25th SEP Anniversary year round. “That means we will start celebrating by January 2017, so every month we will have specific activities,” says Villena, admitting “it requires a lot of organizing.”
As to the resource requirements, she explained that “it is not only the PCSD that will shoulder the expenses” because the member agencies “can also do their share.”
For instance, she said, at the municipal level, the ECAN Boards can design and host its own activity using its own resources.