File photo courtesy of the Palawan Provincial Information Office

The Provincial Board has urged all Palawan municipalities to develop and fund a five-year reforestation program.

Principally authored by Board Member Leoncio Ola and adopted by the entire chamber, the resolution is in support of Section 16 of the 1987 Constitution asserting that the state must protect and advance the right of the people for balanced and healthful ecology.

“It is further extended in Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 that the barangay and municipal officials are mandated to enact programs for the protection of the environment, adopt measures and safeguards against pollution and for the preservation of the natural ecosystem within their respective jurisdiction,” said Ola in his draft.

In his proposed resolution, Ola stated that Palawan’s forest cover today remains the highest in the country.

Board Member Albert Rama, the floor leader of the Provincial Board, also said Tuesday this resolution is necessary for Palawan, the country’s last frontier.

“Being the last frontier we need this resolution. So I move that we pass this resolution in the first and final reading,” said Rama.

With Rama’s recommendation, the written motion was amended to be co-authored by all the present members of the provincial board.

It is his goal in this proposed resolution to somewhat improve the forest cover’s current state through massive reforestation of the barren areas.

Ola said this is a long-term plan to promote a healthier environment for the constituents of the province.