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The Supreme Court (SC) recently issued its ruling over a 2002 case challenging the authority of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to implement its Administrative Order No. 5 regulating the reef-fish-for food (RFF) industry in the province.
PCSDs authority to implement RFF policy within rule-making power
In a letter dated October 12, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) informed the PCSD of SCs favorable judgment on the case entitled, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, et al. vs. Bonanza Air Services.
The ruling, issued on August 24, reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) on May 28, 2008 which declared the RFF policy and its succeeding revisions and other related circular order as null and void.
It can be noted that the case stemmed from the complaint filed
directly to CA by a certain Ejercito Lim, operator of Bonanza Air Services, a domestic air carrier transporting live fish from Palawan.
Lim assailed the PCSD AO5-2002 which, by virtue of Resolution No. 3-211, requires traders and carriers to secure accreditation from PCSD, and also the PCSD Memorandum Circular 2-2002 which provide penal clause for non-compliant business owners.
PCSD, however, maintained that the petition should have been dismissed because the RFF policy is in accordance with the mandate of the Philippine Constitution and of Republic Act No. 7611 or the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan Act, and that Lim was given notices of his continued non-compliance with the policy.
PCSD further challenged the CA decision by filing a petition for certiorari before the countrys highest court.
SC affirmed that the RFF policy
SC affirms AO5
Ginanap nitong Oktubre 21 ang Pre-Environmental Summit Stakeholders Consultation para sa Central Palawan Cluster sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa.
Sa pambungad na pananalita ni Engr. Nelson Devanadera, Executive Director ng Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), aniya layunin ng aktibidad na makonsulta ang ibat ibang sektor ukol sa pagbuo ng isang komprehensibong plano para sa ikabubuti ng Palawan.
Stakeholders pinulong upang bumuo ng planong pangkapaligiran, pangkabuhayan para sa Palawan
BY KEITH ANTHONY FABRO
SC AFFIRMS>>PAGE 4
257 suno, 200 loba
kinumpiska sa N. Palawan
Nasa 257 piraso ng buhay na suno ang kinumpiska mula sa ilang fish cages sa Bayan ng Araceli at Dumaran nitong Oktubre 28, magdadalawang linggo mula nang pumasok ang closed season para sa paghuhuli ng reef-fish-for-food (RFF) sa Palawan.
Kinumpiska ang nasabing mga suno sa fish cages nina Jesus Pener, Cherlito Mahusay, Jhonny Malupay, Rolly dela Pena at ilan pang di napapangalanang mga may-ari nito.
Naganap ang kumpiskasyon habang nagsasagawa ng seaborne patrol o monitoring operation sa karagatang sakop ng naturang mga bayan ang Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force (PLETF), sa pamamagitan ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng PCSD Enforcement Team, Bantay Palawan, Araceli Bantay Dagat, Palawan Resccue 165 at Philippine National Police.
Nitong Oktubre 22, nasa 200 piraso naman ng loba ang nakuha ng PLETF, sa pamamagitan ng PCSD Enforcement Team at Bantay Palawan, mula kay Benjie Dadores sa Bgy. Baong, Bayan ng Taytay.
Karampatang kasong kriminal at administratibo ang isasampa sa mga ito
PH first conservation trust fund...
Sa isinagawang konsultasyon, nagsagawa ng sectoral workshop upang matukoy ang mga pangunahing isyu at suliraning pangkapaligiran at pangkabuhayan na kinakaharap ng Palawan, at ang mga posibleng solusyon at mga ahensya na dapat tutugon dito. PHOTOS//J. CERENO/PCSDS EEED)
Nabanggit niya na sa pakikipagpulong nitong mga nakaraang buwan kay Environment Sec. Gina Lopez ay naging sentro ng usapan ang pagbuo ng naturang proposal.
Ang mabubuong plano sa porma ng isang komprehensibong proyekto o programa ay isusumite sa
Nagoya University studes...
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PCSD2 updatesThe Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape launched on October 7 in Manila the nations first conservation trust fund for a national protected area, a sustainable financing mechanism that will ensure the key biodiversity area is protected in perpetuity.
Established by Conservation Internationals (CI) Global Conservation Fund (GCF), the fund ensures conservation efforts can continue across the 120,000-hectare landscape, Palawans largest terrestrial protected area.
Enrique Nunez, Executive Director of CI Philippines said, This innovative fund will provide sustainable financing for the long term maintenance, protection and enrichment of the biodiversity within the protected area. Essentially, investing in this fund supports livelihood diversification for the indigenous Palawan people, improving their well-being, and ensures the watershed can continue to provide freshwater to all residents of southern Palawan.
With over half its original
forest cover remaining, Mt Mantalingahanthe highest peak in Palawanholds vital habitat for over 1,000 species, 23 of which are identified as globally threatened including the Palawan pangolin (Manis
PCSDS holds workshop on the Sustainable Management Online Tool for mining with RTN, CBNC
SMOT is an online tool, created by the Biosphere Reserve of Manicouagan-Uapishka (RMBMU) in Canada, which evaluates the sustainability of mining activities in biosphere reserves (BRs).
The tool uses the 10 International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) 10 principles for sustainable development performance and its 46 corresponding objectives. These principles are categorized into four dimensions: Social, Economic, Environmental, and Governance. The objectives act as the questionnaires that the mining company will answer.
Prior to the hands-on workshop, an orientation about the tool was conducted last August 19, with the said two mining companies, as represented by its concerned staff from the Community
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BY KIRSTEN LOUISE C. SAGUN
Protected AreaShowcasing Partnership with Civil Society Award, and it is our hope that in time its nomination to become a World Heritage Site will be successful giving it the international recognition it deserves.
CI Philippiness efforts to establish the protected area in southern Palawan began in 2004 with financial support from the GCF. It was formally designated by virtue of a proclamation by the president of the Republic of the Philippines on 23 June of 2009, increasing the area of Palawan under formal protection by 20 percent. Since, management and business plans for
Philippines first conservation trust fund established
A team from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) conducted a hands-on workshop on the Sustainable Management Online Tool (SMOT) for mining last October 19-20, 2016 with Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) at the Community Relations Building, RTN Compound, Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan.
culionensis), Palawan flying fox (Acerodon leucotis), the Philippine cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), the Palawan peacock pheasant (Polyplectron napoleonis), and the Palawan hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei). New species are still being discovered upon its slopes, highlighting the landscapes outstanding global value and the importance of maintaining this protected area in the face of constant timber-cutting and mining pressures.
Nunez further commented, This is yet another great step for the MMPL which is already recognised as a highly successful model of conservation. In 2013 it won the first national Best
Brookes Pt. Mayor, Atty. Jean Feliciano gave her response
during the launching of conservation trust fund for
Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) in Manila.
PHOTOS//MA. CHRISTINA D. RODRIGUEZ/PCSDS EEED)
IN PHOTO: The PCSD Staff together with the representatives from Coral Bay Nickel Corporation and Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation. (PHOTO//PCSDS Planning)
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PCSDPCSD Updates is a monthly publication produced
by the PCSDS ECAN Education & Extension Division
updatesMA. CHRISTINA D. RODRIGUEZ
EDITOR NELSON P. DEVANADERA,
ADELINA B. VILLENA EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS
KEITH ANTHONY S. FABRO STAFF WRITER&LAYOUT ARTIST
CELSO S. QUILING, JESSIE CERENO, AI NHI R. TRUDEAU
The workshop was attended by participants from local government unit, non-government organizations, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders. To give them a comprehensive knowledge on Republic Act 7611 or the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act, Cherry Lyn Jalover, PCSDS Project Development Officer II, discussed the SEPs brief history, as well as the Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN) as its main strategy.
Jalover gave an emphasis on the importance of the ECAN in the planning process of all development
plans of the municipality. She also pointed out the relationship of ECAN zoning in formulating disaster risk reduction management plan as the ECAN Core Zones are indicative of geohazards in an area.
Mark Anthony Tabangay, PCSDS Planning Staff, presented the Ecological
Profile and Integrated Threats Analysis of the municipality. Key informants including LGU department heads were interviewed for the municipal situational threats analysis. Actions proposed by respondents in the municipality to address the pressures in each zone were also presented.
To give a clearer view of the municipalitys resources spatially, the result of the ECAN-based resource mapping conducted last September 12-13 in Sofronio Espaola was also presented highlighting the resources, opportunities, and threats in each zone.
During the action planning workshop, the participants were divided into three groups (Core zone group, Buffer zone group, and Multiple Use zone group), while the PCSDS acted as resource person and facilitator. In each group the participants were asked to select the pressures that they would like to prioritize and the proposed actions they would like to include to address the pressure.
The second day of the activity was devoted to reporting of workshop outputs and the ECAN Map validation and cultural mapping. The participants were divided into two clusters, constituting the northern and southern barangays of Sofronio Espaola. Members of each cluster were instructed to use the ECAN map in validating status of ECAN Zones. Both the area
Participatory EZM Planning Workshop in S. Espaola conducted
The PCSD Staff (PCSDS) conducted a Participatory ECAN Zones Management Planning Workshop in Sofronio Espaola town on October 10-11. The activity was a collaboration among Sofronio Espanola, ECAN Board, Municipal Government and PCSDS. The output of the said workshop will be used in the development of the towns ECAN Zones Management Plan.
EZM WORKSHOP>>PAGE 7
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IN PHOTO: The PCSD Staff together with the stakeholders in Sofronio Espanola who participated during the ECAN Zones Management Planning Workshop. (PHOTO//PCSDS Planning)
has been implemented within the boundaries of PCSDs quasi-legislative function or rule-making power.
Accordingly, the PCSD had the explicit authority to fill in the details as to how to carry out the objectives of R.A. No 7611 in protecting and enhancing Palawans natural resources consistent with the SEP, clarified the SC decision.
In that task, the PCSD could establish a methodology for the effective implementation of the SEP. Moreover, the PCSD was expressly given the authority to impose penalties and sanctions in relation to the implementation of the SEP and other provisions of R.A. No. 7611. As such,
the PCSDs issuance of A.O. No. 05 and Resolution No. 03-211 was well within its statutory authority, the ruling furthered.
The PCSDS welcomed the said ruling and assured the agency will continue to stand for what it deemed best for the RFF industry.
This Supreme Court decision is just a timely reaffirmation of the PCSDs authority to regulate the RFF policy, which is being challenged by some fisherfolks and traders, said PCSDS Director for Operations, Atty. Adelina Villena.
The RFF policy was later amended in 2014 with the implementation of seasonal control, size catch limits, among other additional provisions aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the industry.
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Department of Envionment and Natural Resources (DENR) upang maisama sa badyet nito sa taong 2017. Matatandaang tinukoy ng DENR ang Palawan bilang isa sa mga priority convergence sites nito sa bansa.
Ani Devanadera, inatasan si PCSD Chairman at Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez bilang convergence coordinator na pangunahan ang pagbuo ng isang plano na pagkakaisahan ng lahat ng sektor sa lalawigan.
Ito aniya ang nagtulak upang pangunahan ng Provincial Government ang pagsasagawa ng serye ng mga konsultasyon. Katuwang nito ang DENR, PCSDS, at ang ibat ibang sektor sa Palawan, partikular ang mga non-government organizations, national government agencies, local government units, indigenous peoples at akademya.
Dagdag niya, ang mga suhestyon mula sa mga isinagawang konsultasyon ay titipunin at isasama sa isang integrated na plano para sa probinsya na ilalatag sa darating na Palawan Environmental Summit sa Nobyembre 16-17, kung saan panauhing pandangal si Sec. Lopez.
Sa isinagawang konsultasyon, nagsagawa ng sectoral workshop upang matukoy ang mga pangunahing isyu at suliraning pangkapaligiran at pangkabuhayan na kinakaharap ng Palawan, at ang mga posibleng solusyon at mga ahensya na dapat tutugon dito.
Pinasalamatan ni Atty Grizelda Mayo-Anda, Executive Director ng Environmental Legal Assistance Center, Inc. - ELAC, ang isa sa mga bibihirang pagkakataong tulad nito kung saan nagtipun-tipon ang ibat ibang sektor upang pag-usapan ang mga isyung pangkalikasan at pangkabuhayan, at mapakinggan ang ibat ibang perspektibo na dapat makonsidera sa paggawa ng plano.
Ani Anda, ang konsultasyong ito ay bahagi ng participatory process na dapat laging inklusibo, kung saan magkakaroon ng ugnayan at magkakarinigan ang gobyerno at iba pang sektor, partikular ang mga civil society organizations.
Naniniwala rin siya na sa isang konsultasyong tulad nito ay malaya ang lahat na mapayapang sumang-ayon o di sumang-ayon sa kung anumang mapag-uusapan. Dagdag niya na dapat maipaabot ang mga ito sa paparating na Environmental Summit.
Hinikayat naman ni Johnny Lilang, kinatawan ng Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), sa isinasagawang konsultasyon ay naway magkaroon ng respeto sa kanya-kanyang pananaw ang bawat isa.
Ipinaalala rin ni Lilang na sa usapin ng pagprotekta sa kalikasan, ang tungkulin ay nakaatang di lamang sa iisang grupo o ahensya, kundi sa lahat ng nakedepende rito.
Ang serye ng mga konsultasyon sa lalawigan ay hinati-hati sa limang clusters para sa Calamian, North, South at Central Palawan, at isa pang cluster para sa Cuyo, Agutaya at Magsaysay.
Nitong Oktubre 18 ay magkasabay na isinagawa ang konsultasyon sa Bayan ng Roxas para sa Northern Palawan Cluster, at sa Bayan ng Brookes Point para sa Southern Palawan Cluster. Nitong nakaraang linggo ay isinagawa ang para sa Cuyo, Agutaya at Magsaysay, habang nakatakda namang ganapin sa mga susunod na araw ang para sa Calamian Cluster.
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PCSD6 updatesNagoya University studes hold internatl study tour in Palawan
The PCSD Staff welcomed them at the Palawan Sustainable Development Training Institute (PSDTI) in Bgy. Irawan, Puerto Princesa City, wherein they were given an overview of the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan Act (R.A. 7611). The students also grabbed the opportunity to visit the Zero Carbon
International students under the Nagoya University Global Environmental Leaders Program (NUGELP) of Nagoya University, Japan visited Palawan on October 24, as part of their 2016 NUGELP international tour in Palawan.
Resorts Project cottage which sits beside the PSDTI.
A total of 33 students of different nationalities
Vietnamese, Filipino, Japanese, Cambodian, Tanzanian, Ethiopian, Burmese, Indonesian and Chinese participated in the five-day NUGELP international tour in Palawan which ran from
the landscape have been completed leading to the establishment of the trust fund.
CI Philippines disbursed the grant of USD$1Million to the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, the endowment manager, as initial capital for the endowment today. The capitalization target is at least US$2.7M million so further investment is needed.
The trust fund is the
first step. Now the challenge to secure a better future for Mantalingahan and the people that depend on it rests on garnering further contributions to increase the endowment capital so that we can ensure this effort endures into the future. said Nunez.
Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said, We welcome the creation of an endowment fund for
Mt.Mantalingahan. 60% of the budget for managing our protected areas comes from the national government which is certainly very limited. Additional funding from other sources can go a long way in protecting the last remaining biodiversity-rich areas in the country.
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Relations Office, HSE Office and Human Resource Office.
Engr. Madrono Cabrestante Jr., head of the PCSDS - ECAN Knowledge Management Division and ECAN Monitoring and Evaluation Division, presented a re-cap of the previous orientation. He emphasized that this is the first time that the tool will be used in the country and how it is very applicable in Palawan considering its status as a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve.
Kirsten Louise Sagun, PCSDS Sustainable Development Analyst, discussed a more detailed process of using the tool. One account for each of the two mining companies were provided by the RMBMU. Soon after the participants logged in to their respective accounts, Sagun, alongside with May Lacao, PCSDS Development Management V, assisted the participants in answering the tool.
The process of answering the tool involved a discussion between the PCSDS and the two companies, as moderated by Felomino Racuya, PCSDS Project Development Officer IV. They first identified the importance and performance (I&P) levels for each objective, then list down current activities, policies, programs and projects to justify the I&P.
For each I&P selected, a Priority level is generated.
The priority level is a suggestion on what should be the action towards the objective. The priority level suggestions ranges from Not Applicable to Maintain and Consolidate.
In the analysis of results, it was observed that the statistics of the assessment shows an almost perfect diamond indicating a good balance of the 4 sustainable development dimensions of the Sustainable Management Online tool.
RTNs Community Relations Office, Ernesto Llacuna, in his closing remarks, said he was grateful to the PCSD staff for conducting the workshop. He also extended his gratitude to PCSDS Executive Director Nelson Devanadera, and also to PCSD Chairman Palawan Governor, Jose Chavez Alvarez for serving as instruments in ensuring the sustainable management of mining industry in Palawan.
Meanwhile, PCSDS noted a few suggestions and comments from the RTN and CBNC regarding the tool in hope of improving it and making it more suitable to Palawans unique nature.
The RTN and CBNC are enjoined to pass a final and complete output of their SMOT assessment to the PCSDS one week after the workshop for commenting and further evaluation by the PCSDS team. On one hand, validation of the SMOT
Nasa 21 piraso ng carapace ng pawikan na isinakay sa tatlong motorized banca ang kinumpiska ng mga otoridad nitong Oktubre 26 sa Sitio Dodongoan, Bgy. Buliluyan, Bataraza, Palawan.
Kasong kriminal bilang paglabag sa R.A. 9147 o Wildlife Act ang nakatakdang isampa sa mga indibidwal na sangkot dito.
Samantala, dinala naman sa Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) Office sa Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa ang mga bangka at pawikan para sa proper
disposition nito.Ang operasyon ay tagumpay
na isinagawa ng Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force, sa tulong ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng Bantay Palawan, PCSD Enforcement Team, Naval Intelligence, PNP Maritime Special Operations Unit at 3rd Marine Brigade.
21 carapace ng pawikan nakumpiska sa Bataraza
(ITAAS NA LARAWAN) Ang mga bangka kung saan isinakay ang mga nahuling patay na pawikan. (IBABANG LARAWAN) Carapace ng pawikan. (PHOTOS//PCSDS ENFORCEMENT)
Nagsagawa ng Deputation Training for Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEO) ang Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) sa New City Hall nitong Oktubre 10-14.
Ilan sa mga tinalakay ay ang Republic Act 7611 o ang Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan Act, at ang mga batas at polisiyang pangkalikasang ipinatutupad sa lalawigan.
Ibinahagi rin sa 59 partisipante ang listahan ng mga nanganganib na buhay-ilang sa probinsya, at ang mga hayop na karaniwang biktima ng illegal wildlife trade. Kaugnay nito, tinuruan din sila ng ilang staff ng Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center at Katala Foundation, Inc. ng tamang paghawak at pagbyahe ng wildlife matapos itong makumpiska.
Binigyan din ang mga kalahok ng mga lektyur patungkol sa mga alituntunin sang-ayon sa batas na kailangang sundin ng isang deputized WEO, gaya na lamang ng tamang pag-aresto, paghahalughog at paghuli, maging ang paghanda ng mga dokumento na kinakailangan sa paghain ng kaso sa korte at marami pang iba.
Bahagi rin ng pagsasanay ang field work kung saan sinubok ang kaalaman ng mga kalahok kung paano ang mga ito magsasagawa ng enforcement operation sa tunay na buhay.
Sa huling araw, sumailalim sa pagsusulit ang mga kalahok upang masukat ang kaalaman na nakuha nito mula sa limang araw na pagsasanay na bahagi ng deputation process. Kapag pumasa ito sa exam at maisumite ang mga kinakailangang dokumento ay maaaring i-deputize sila ng PCSD.
Ang isang deputized WEO ay binibigyan ng kapangyarihan na
Deputation Training para sa Wildlife Enforcment Officers isinagawa sa Puerto Princesa, San Vicente
(ITAAS NA LARAWAN) Itinuturo ng staff ng Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center ang proper handling ng buwaya. (IBABANG LARAWAN) Ipinapaliwanag ni PCSDS Director for Operations, Atty. Adelina Villena ang mga detalye na dapat maisulat sa seizure receipt. (PHOTOS//K.A.S FABRO/PCSDS EEED)