PCSD to com­plete Palawan ‘ECAN map­ping' soon

Palawan News - - ENVIRONMENT - By Aira Ge­nesa Mag­dayao Re­porter

The Palawan Coun­cil for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment (PCSD) is set to com­plete the map­ping of the prov­ince’s En­vi­ron­men­tally Crit­i­cal Ar­eas Net­work ( ECAN) early next year to op­ti­mize the use of its land and wa­ters. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Nel­son De­vanadera of the PCSD Staff said they have al­ready com­pleted the ECAN zon­ing of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Tay­tay, El Nido, and Li­na­pacan. De­vanadera ap­peared be­fore the Pro­vin­cial Board last week where he was re­quested to pro­vide core zones data in the Ques­tion Hour. He said they have five teams in­spect­ing the pro­tected ar­eas un­der the ECAN, which is an “in­te­grated map that de­lin­eates man­age­ment zones in both land and sea based on a graded sys­tem of pro­tec­tion and de­vel­op­ment con­trol in ac­cor­dance with the de­gree of hu­man dis­rup­tion that the area can tol­er­ate.” De­vanadera told mem­bers of the Pro­vin­cial Board that some of the core zones that were in­spected are partly af­fected by in­fra­struc­ture projects that are part of the “Build! Build! Build!” pro­gram of the na­tional gov­ern­ment. Mi­gra­tion also af­fected the tim­ber­lands and coastal ar­eas of some towns like El Nido, he said. “Naka-apekto rin ang pag-un­lad ng turismo dahil maram­ing iti­natay­ong gusali at mga re­sorts ngu­nit sin­isig­uro ko sa inyo na hindi pa­paya­gan ng PCSD ang pag-aabuso sa at­ing mga pro­tected ar­eas,” De­vanadera said. How­ever, Board Mem­ber Al­bert Rama said De­vanadera’s as­sur­ance “does not seem to mat­ter since the PCSD ap­pears to al­ways ‘up­dat­ing’ the core zones. ““If we keep on up­dat­ing there is no sense of pro­tec­tion. Un­til when and up to where tayo titigil sa pag-up­date? We are grad­u­ally giv­ing up the ar­eas we are pro­tect­ing,” Rama said. Board Mem­ber Roseller Pineda also said there should be a proac­tive ap­proach as Palawan is ex­pect­ing more in­vest­ments to come, in­crease of pop­u­la­tion and tourist in­flux. “I think it is the time only to up­date but to have a proac­tive ap­proach. We have to con­duct some re­for­mu­la­tion and other strate­gies in the core zones of Palawan,” Pineda said.

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