Declaration of Principles on Environmental Governance
As part of the celebration of the Cordillera Month 2015, the Regional Development Council (RDC) in close coordination with the Cordillera Studies Center of the University of the Philippines-Baguio (CSC-UP Baguio) launched a pamphlet book through an advocacy forum entitled the “Declaration of Principles on Environmental Governance or “DPEG” for brevity, for the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). The event was held at the College of Social Sciences Audio Visual Room on July 3, 2015 and attended by different government agencies, NGOs and media outfits.
The launching of DPEG coincided with this year’s theme “Conserving the Environment towards a Greener Cordillera”.
The DPEG is the positive response of RDC-CAR to the growing issues and concerns on environmental degradation. It is a result of a commissioned study to formulate principles and policy guidelines on environmental governance for sustainable development and poverty alleviation/reduction. The document was produced out of a series of stakeholder-consultations on the provincial and regional level conducted by the CSC-UP Baguio from January to March 2013 in the different parts of the Cordillera.
The 19 paged document presents, in summary form, the principles of environmental governance namely: 1) Strong institutions for environmental governance; 2) Planning processes that are sensitive to local conditions and guided by sound management principles; 3) Quality and meaningful citizen participation, and 4) Rights-based approach to environmental governance.
Queries raised and suggestions given during advocacy forum were ably answered and acknowledged by the panelists composed of key officials from the DENR, DILG, DA and NCIP.
Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin, RDC-CAR Chairman encourages all government entities including the local and government units as well as development partners at the national and international realm to uphold these principles in designing and implementing programs that affect our environment. **GSAstudillo**