Cebu’s environment code awaits governor’s signature

November 3, 2012 10:23 am 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 2 — Cebu Provincial Board Member Thaddeus Ouano said the Provincial Board (PB) submitted last October 20 the “long-awaited” Cebu Provincial Environment Code to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for her signature.

Ouano, chairman of the PB committees on environment planning and development, said the proposed environment code was crafted for almost two years, with inputs from the different sectors.

”We conducted public hearings, collated the inputs of private groups, including the group of Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos, and all the stakeholders and government agencies. We are happy that the environmental code is now for signature of the governor,” Ouano said.

”I also acknowledge the great contribution of Ely Anthony Ouano, a former national director of the Environmental Management Bureau, who is now a consultant of the Asian Development Bank, to this environment code,” he said.

Ouano said the lack of an environment code is the main reason Cebu Province was not recognized in several evaluations conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Governments.

”Cebu Province was not included in the ratings of DILG due to the lack of an environment code. Once signed by Governor Gwen, this will become the Bible for environmental protection,” Ouano said.

The environment code was put on first reading on Dec. 8, 2010 and was referred and endorsed to Ouano’s committee on December 20 that year.

The environment code, which was crafted using inputs from various groups such as the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. is tailored for Cebu Province’s needs.

”This environment code is also pursuant to the requirements set by Agenda 21 of the United Nations,” Ouano said.

Ouano said the new environment code includes the regulations and control of the use of water sources, quarrying, carbon mining, and even protecting the black shama or "siloy", and the whale shark or "tuki" in Oslob town. (PNA)

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