Denr The Department shall be the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and

proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as maybe provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos. Forest Management Bureau. effective protection, development, occupancy, management and conservation of forest lands and watersheds, including grazing and mangrove areas, reforestation and rehabilitation of critically denuded/degraded forest reservations, improvement of water resource use and development, ancestral lands, wilderness areas and other natural preserves, development of forest plantations including rattan, bamboo, and other valuable non-timber forest resources, rationalization of the wood-based industries, regulation of the utilization and exploitation of forest resources including wildlife, to ensure continued supply of forest goods and services. Lands Management Bureau. administration, surveys, management and disposition of alienable and disposable lands of the public domain and other lands outside the responsibilities of other government agencies; such as reclaimed areas and other areas not needed for or are not being utilized for purposes for which they have been established Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau. to mineral resources development and geology; Recommend policies, regulations and oversee the development and exploitation of mineral resources of the sea within the country’s jurisdiction such as silica sand, gold placer, magnetite and chromite sand, etc; Environmental Management Bureau. Recommend possible legislations, policies and programs for environmental management and pollution control; Formulate environmental quality standards such as the quality standards for water, air, land, noise and radiations; Recommend rules and regulations for environmental impact assessments and provide technical assistance for their implementation and monitoring; disposition of solid wastes, toxic and hazardous substances; Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau. Formulate and recommend an integrated research program relating to Philippine ecosystems and natural resources such as minerals, lands, forest, as holistic and interdisciplinary fields of inquiry; Assist the Secretary in determining a systems of priorities for the allocation of resources to various technological research programs of the department; Generate technologies and provide scientific assistance in the research and development of technologies relevant to the sustainable use of Philippine ecosystems and natural resources; shall directly manage and administer the FORI Research Offices, laboratories, and forest experiment stations located at UP Los banos Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. Formulate and recommend policies, guidelines, rules and regulations for the establishment and management of an Integrated Protected Areas System such as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and refuge, marine parks, and biospheric reserves;

(2) Social acceptability ." SEC. 4 Strategic Environmental Plan. guidelines. hereinafter referred to as SEP.f. with respect to the adjudication of pollution cases under Republic Act 3931 and Presidential Decree 984. 5 Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) Philosophy. It shall have the following features: (1) Ecological viability . the endangered Philippine flora and fauna. Republic Act 7611 Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act. Such framework shall be known as the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan. SEC.g.A comprehensive framework for the sustainable development of Palawan compatible with protecting and enhancing the natural resources and endangered environment of the province is hereby adopted. rules and regulations for the preservation of biological diversity.D. .j. . the sustainable development of Palawan. and shall serve to guide the local government of Palawan and the government agencies concerned in the formulation and implementation of plans. genetic resources. .Formulate and recommend policies. should be fully committed to support sustainable development activities by fostering equity in access to resources and the benefits derived from them. through participatory process.The physical and biological cycles that maintain the productivity of natural ecosystems must always be kept intact. particularly with respect to Section 6 letters e. which is the improvement in the quality of life of its people in the present and future generations through the use of complementary activities of development and conservation that protect life-support ecosystem and rehabilitate exploited areas to allow upcoming generations to sustain development growth.k and p of P. programs and projects affecting said province. Pollution Adjudication Board.The SEP shall have as its general philosophy. 984.The people themselves.

The ECAN shall ensure the following. . mines.The SEP shall establish a graded system of protection and development control over the whole of Palawan. (4) Protection of tribal people and the preservation of their culture. settlement areas. including its tribal lands. 7 Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN) . forest. hereinafter referred to as ECAN.This allow for a holistic view of problems and issues obtaining in the environment as well as opportunities for coordination and sharing that will eventually provide the resources and political will to actually implement and sustain SEP activities. small islands mangroves. (5) Maintenance of maximum sustainable yield. .The SEP shall serve as the framework to guide the government agencies concerned in the formulation and implementation of plans. This shall be known as the Environmentally Critical Areas Network. seagrass beds and the surrounding sea. It shall therefore be incorporated in the Regional Development Plan of Region IV as part of said plan. (2) Protection of Watersheds. programs and projects affecting the environment and natural resources of Palawan. SEC. SEC. agricultural areas. (1) Forest conservation and protection through the imposition of a total commercial logging ban in all areas of maximum protection and in such other restricted use zones as the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development as hereinafter created may provide. coral reefs. (3) Preservation of biological diversity. (6) Protection of the rare and endangered species and their habitat. 6 Legal effects.(3) Integrated approach . and shall serve as the main strategy of the SEP.

may be granted to traditional uses of tribal communities of these areas for minimal and soft impact gathering of forest species for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. areas above one thousand (1. and (8) Provision of areas for tourist and recreation. shall each be further subdivided into the following zones. Exceptions.the terrestrial component shall consist of the mountainous as well as ecologically important low hills and lowland areas of the whole province. Included here are all types of natural forest which include first growth forest. (1) Area of maximum protection or core zone -This zone shall be fully and strictly protected and maintained free of human disruption. however. in turn. residual forest and edges of intact forest. . (1) Terrestrial . education and training. These management components. 9 Terrestrial Component: Management Scheme and Zonation. 8 Main Components.this area includes the whole coastline up to the open sea.(7) Provision of areas for environmental and ecological research. peaks of mountains or other areas with very steep gradients.000) meters elevation. . This is characterized by active fisheries and tourism activities. and endangered habitats and habitats of endangered and rare species.the terrestrial component may be further subdivided into smaller management components for a more efficient supervision.These are the areas traditionally occupied by the cultural communities. SEC. (2) Coastal/marine area .The areas covered by the ECAN hall be classified into three (3) main components. (3) Tribal Ancestral lands . It may be further subdivided into smaller management components. . SEC.

and patterns of resource use. (1) Core zone. Limited and nonconsumptive activities may be allowed in this area. 10 Coastal/Marine Zone. and strictly controlled logging and mining may be allowed.This is the area where the landscape has been modified for different forms of land use such as intensive timber extraction. Equitable access to the resource and management responsibility by the local community shall be the underlying management philosophy of this component. Edges of intact forests where traditional land use is already stabilized is being stabilized. (c) Traditional use area. ( b) Controlled use area. agriculture and infrastructures development. selected coral reefs. seagrass and mangrove ecosystem reserves.This area shall be designated free from any human activity. SEC. . . grazing and pastures. (3) Multiple/manipulative use area . Generally surrounds the core zone and provides a protective barrier. Control and management shall be strictly integrated with the other supporting programs of the SEP and other similar programs of the Government.A different and simplified scheme of management zonation shall be applied to this component due to its geographical characteristics. (a) Restricted use area.(2) Buffer zone . like the collecting of minor forest products. critical nature. . Encircles and provides the outer barrier to the core and restricted use area. Controlled forest extraction. Management and control shall be carried out with the other supporting programs of the SEP.This area permits regulated use and may be further subdivided into three (3) sub-zones. This includes sanctuaries for rare and endangered species.

resources of the catchment areas.The SEP shall provide for a system of research so that additional information for accurate planning as well as data to solve new problems in the . rehabilitation of small islands and mangrove ecosystem education and research are allowed. this zone also serves as the buffer zone where fishery.In order to monitor achievement of its goals. It shall measure changes in environmental status. shall define a special kind of zonation to fulfill the material and cultural needs of the tribes using consultative processes and cultural mapping of the ancestral lands. 12 Management of Resources Outside of the Ecologically Critical Areas. and suggest measures to make the SEP more responsible to the changing needs. recreation. timber and mines.Aside from being development area. SEC. CHAPTER IV SUPPORT MECHANISM SEC. SEC. 13 Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation System (EMES) . identify adverse environmental trends and crisis areas. 14 Environmental Research . development in the lowlands.(2) Multiple use zone . comprise both land and sea areas. therefore. traditionally occupied by cultural minorities. assess the implementation of the SEP. recommend solutions. 11 Tribal Ancestral Lands. It shall also provide for tourism planning. These shall be treated in the same graded system of control and prohibition as in the others abovementioned except for strong emphasis in cultural considerations.These areas. . The SEP shall provide for the management of resources outside of the ECAN and shall include coastal resources. CHAPTER III MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF THE ECOLOGICALLY CRITICAL AREAS SEC. The SEP. mariculture. SEP shall establish an Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation System (EMES) which shall ensure a systematic and reliable means of data generation for the various concerns of the SEP. and settlement areas.

community leaders.The SEP shall design an environmental information and education designed to gradually wean the people away from destructive practices and shall recommend practical ways as an alternative. be used to plan out a comprehensive public information drive. Training programs for the non-governmental organizations (NGO's). SEC. . business sector representatives and community leaders shall be organized. resource assessments and research into processes.implementation of the SEP shall be supplied. achieved through surveys. complementing regular environment/science courses in the school. monitoring. the SEP's researches shall not be confined to the physical and biological features of the environment. 15 Environmental Education and Extension . This may establish linkages between the NGOs. Simultaneously. sector representatives and the staff of line agencies development communication or public information section and at the same time. community organizing shall be enhanced to reinforce non-formal approaches. As such. but shall also extend to policies and socioeconomic questions.

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