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Provincial gov’t to come up with Environment Code

Canhugas Marine Eco-Park in Hernani, Eastern Samar. (Alren Befronio / Este News)

BORONGANC CITY, July 17, 2017–A provincial official is hopeful the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will soon pass the province’s Environment Code.

Provincial Board Member Jonas Abuda, in Hirohimangraw ha Rawis Restaurant and Hotel, said the proposed ordinance will help “harmonize” local laws with national laws.

The board member cited the process of local councils passing resolutions in lieu of public consultations before mining permits are given.

“We define terms through the proposed ordinance and we drafted this with the help of multi-sectoral representatives,” Abuda said.

Abuda further said the proposal will protect the province’s natural resources from abuse.

“We are not against the use of our natural resources but we want renewable use,” Abuda said.

According to SP secretary Franklin Robedizo, as of press time, the proposed ordinance is still pending and is “subject to further discussion.” (Medora NB Quirante / Este News)

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