PCSD under DENR? Oh no!
there is a rumor running around the capital of palawan that the palawan council for sustainable development (pcsd) has been put under the authority of the department of environment and natural resources (denr) on matters of environment in palawan.
i am not sure how true is this or to what extent the pcsd was (supposed to be) subsumed to denr, but if there is any truth in it, then that is the end of palawan’s control over its own environment. palawan’s future will be decided totally by powers that be in contemptuous disregard of what the palawenos themselves may want. and the so-called ‘independence’ of the province’s political leaders will be totally reduced to being ceremonial. they will be simple effigies of their positions: the governor, the vice-governor and the two congressmen. and via a simple executive order at that! if these people can take it, then they deserve their fate.
the pcsd is the biggest single reason palawan’s environment remains still a little green, because pcsd’s ecan law has established a framework by which that environment can be protected. yet, even with the law, the forests and seas of the province is disappearing at an ever-increasing rate. the law cannot even be imposed in totality, with the ecan in place! how much more if that law is disregarded by those who consider it a hindrance to what they want? it will only be a ka-law-kohan!
likewise, the ecan bars the exploitation of the areas dangerous to the people if destroyed. can you imagine if there is mining at the top of a mountain, and protracted rains induced landslides? the horrors of ormoc, infanta and negros will be the result!
tell me if i’m wrong, but can a republic act be superseded by an executive order?
the council head membership includes the governor and the congressmen. if the pcsd is subsumed to denr whatever they say or decide may be vetoed by the denr regional office. where in this nauseating philippine political scenario would you see a governor’s decision about his own province in his own province voidable by a national agency regional director? or a congressman’s desire about his own district for that matter? the governor and the congressmen will be figureheads in their own turf! hahahaha
i see a sinister force here. an unsatiable entity (or group) out to subvert the protection of palawan to feed that entity’s gargantuan greed. that entity is out to grab all palawan’s treasures and resources without regard for anyone else, least of all the palaweno. this is just a step; others will follow. if our leaders allow this, then to hell with them too.
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