BAGUIO CITY—The Executive Committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) endorsed to the “Declaration of Principles on Environmental Governance (DPEG) for CAR” to the RDC Full Council during the meeting coordinated by NEDA-CAR on June 18 at the RDC Hall, NEDA-CAR Compound, Botanical Garden.

DPEG is the RDC’s response to the growing concerns on the environmental degradation in the region as well as the aspiration to be a model sustainable ecosystem. It provides reasonable and acceptable principles and policy guides for sustainable development in the Cordillera.

The DPEG’s principles are as follows: 1) strong institutions for environmental governance; 2) sensitivity to local conditions and sound management practices; 3) quality and meaningful citizen participation; and 4) uphold rights-based environmental governance.

DPEG also identifies the major environmental governance issues related to mining, upland agriculture, water resources, urban growth and tourism, and discusses policy options available for the stakeholders to undertake.

The DPEG was drafted in partnership with the University of the Philippines Baguio-Cordillera Studies Center. It will be discussed in the next RDC Full Council meeting on July 18.

 

by Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR