About Us

The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) is a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary body, which under the law is charged with the governance, implementationand policy direction of the SEP Law (RA 7611 of 1992) covering the Province of Palawan. SEP Law provided for the adoption of a comprehensive framework for the sustainable development of Palawan, compatible with protecting and enhancing the natural resources and endangered environment of the province. The Council was created to be responsible for the governance and implementation of the SEP. To support the Council, RA 7611 converted the Palawan Integrated Area Development Project Office (PIADPO) to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), which will serve as a regular staff of the PCSD in the coordination of policies and functions, implementation of programs, and organization of services for the governance, implementation, and formulation of policy directions for the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan.

Our Partners

Provincial Government of Palawan (PGP)

The province was renamed Palawan from its previous name Paragua during the American
rule, pursuant to the Philippine Commission Act No. 1363 in 1905. The province is along and narrow island and composed of smaller islands totaling roughly 1,780 islands and islets. The province obtains its mandates under Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991. Representing the Provincial Government of Palawan as partner in the…

City Government of Puerto Princesa

In the heart of Palawan Island lies the City of Puerto Princesa, a tropical paradise and a bustling urban center. It is a relatively young settlement established as a city in 1970, which sprawls across 253,982 hectares of land stretched over 106 kilometers, making it the country’s largest city. Since its foundation in 1969 under Republic Act No. 5906, Puerto Princesa has been the nerve center of activities in Palawan, the heart of trade, commerce, service, and industry…

Department of Agrarian Reform – Provincial Agrarian Reform Office, Palawan

DAR is the lead government agency that holds and implements comprehensive and genuine agrarian reform which actualizes equitable land distribution, ownership, agricultural productivity, and tenurial security for, of and with the tillers of the land towards the improvement of their quality of life. It is mandated to lead in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program…

Department of Agriculture – Palawan Research Experiment Station

The Provincial Research Experiment Station, otherwise known as Palawan Agricultural Experiment Station (PAES), located in Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, is one of the major sub-agencies under the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Unit IVB (MIMAROPA). The two major programs of the Station are the AIDP or the Agricultural Intensification and Diversification Program (AIDP) for the crop component, and the Breeder Based Expansion Program (BBEP). It is responsible for…

Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Palawan

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is the government agency responsible for the development, improvement, management and conservation of the countrys fisheries and aquatic resources. It was reconstituted as a line bureau by virtue of Republic Act No. 8550 (Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998). The bureau, which is is under the Department of Agriculture, is. It is mandated to be responsible for the development, improvement, management and conservation of the countrys fisheries and aquatic resources…

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO), Palawan

The DENR was re-organized through an Executive Order (EO) No. 192 dated June 10, 1987. The Department is the primary agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as maybe provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits…

Department of Science and Technology – Provincial Science and Technology Center, Palawan

The DOST is mandated, through Executive Order No. 128, to “provide central direction, leadership and coordination of scientific and technological efforts and ensure that the results there from are geared and utilized in areas of maximum economic and social benefits for the people”. Its mission is to direct, lead, and coordinate the country’s scientific and technological efforts geared towards maximum economic and social benefits for the people. It is committed to be the “provider of…

Tubbataha Management Office

Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) was established by the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB) in 2001, being the policy-making and permit-making granting body of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park pursuant to Presidential Proclamantion No. 1126, series of 2006. Recently, the protected area was legislated through Republic Act 10067 of 2009, otherwise known as an act establishing the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the province of Palawan. TMO’Its function is to implement the law and attend to the management of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a site designated as…

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Management

The PPSRNP is managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1992. It has a Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), a policy making body that provides policy directions and other oversight functions. The park, formerly known as the St. Paul Subterranean National Park, was established on March 26, 1971, by virtue of Proclamation No. 835 issued by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. It was initially…

Philippine Statistics Authority

The PSA is primarily responsible for the implementation of the objectives and provisions of R.A. 10625, otherwise known as Philippine Statistical Act of 2013. It is mandated to deliver relevant and reliable statistics, efficient civil registration services and inclusive identification system for equitable development towards improved quality of life for all. It plans, develops, prescribes, disseminates and enforces policies, rules and regulations and coordinates government-wide programs governing the production…

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

The NCIP is the primary government agency, created under Republic Act 8371 known as Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA), that formulates and implements policies, plans and programs for the recognition, promotion and protection of the rights and well-being of IPs with due regard to their ancestral domains and lands, self-governance and empowerment, social justice and human rights, and cultural integrity. It is mandated to protect and promote the interest…

Puerto Princesa City Water District

Puerto Princesa City Water District is a public water utility agency which aims to provide sustainable, affordable, reliable, and safe water supply to the people of Puerto Princesa City. Established on August 5, 1976, Puerto Princesa City Water District has grown to serve 47 out of 65 Barangays in the City, equivalent to more than 47,000 active connections as of June 2020. Puerto Princesa City Water District does not only provide water supply to its consumers, it also nurtures and upholds environmental…

Holy Trinity University

Holy Trinity University (HTU), run by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, is a private sectarian university and a dynamic center of Catholic education in Palawan located in Puerto Princesa City. Established in 1940, it was formerly known as Holy Trinity Academy , and considered as the pioneer institution of higher learning in the province of Palawan. The name was changed to Holy Trinity College in 1953 and later converted into Holy Trinity University in 2009 by virtue of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) CEB…

Palawan State University

Established in 1965, Palawan State University (PSU) is a non-profit, unirank, coeducational public higher education institution with its main campus located in Puerto Princesa City, and with nineteen (19) branch campuses across the province located in the municipalities like Coron, El Nido, Bataraza, Balabac and Cuyo among others. It is a well-recognized government-funded university in Palawan, which began as a teacher- training institution known as Palawan Teacher’s College. It was recognized as Palawan State College…

Western Philippines University

The university began as Aborlan Farm Settlement School for the Tagbanuas, an indigenous cultural community of Palawan, in 1910. The name of the institution evolved from Aborlan Agricultural High School (1928), Palawan Regional Agricultural School (1960), Palawan National School (1962) and Palawan National Agricultural College (1963). The name was again changed to State Polytechnic College of Palawan in 1995 by virtue of RA 8012. It was finally converted to Western Philippines University (WPU) in 2004 by…

Palawan Polytechnic College, Incorporated

Palawan Polytechnic College Incorporated (PPCI), previously known as MATS College of Technology founded by Atty. Senforiano B. Alterado in 1979, is a private, non- sectarian educational institution in Palawan. It is officially converted into its present name, Palawan Polytechnic College Incorporated, in 1986. It is the first school that offers maritime and technology courses in Palawan. PPCI expanded its Technical-Vocational Department, which offers short courses like Consumer…

Department of Education – Schools Division of Puerto Princesa City

The Department of Education (DepEd) was established through the Education Decree of 1863 as the Superior Commission of Primary Instruction under a Chairman. It is currently mandated through RA 9155 in 2001. It formulates, implements and coordinates policies, plans, programs and projects in formal and non-formal basic education. It also supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning…

Fullbright College Inc.

Inspired with the vision of US Senator James William Fulbright to promote research and development and foster international understanding, President Eustacio Q. Edualino named the centennial college in Palawan, Fullbright College. The institution is committed to promote research and development and offer quality education to students in Palawan and nearby provinces. Its philosophy upholds that a great institution of learning shall always be a bastion of wisdom, a provider of high-quality education and a source of relevant…

Katala Foundation Incorporated

Katala Foundation, Inc. (KFI) is a conservation organization working predominantly in Palawan archipelago in the Philippines. Its main strategy is to select a highly threatened species, like the Philippine Cockatoo or the Palawan Forest Turtle, and to develop comprehensive conservation programs around these. More often than not, these species suffer from more than one threat; typically, they are affected by habitat loss or degradation, as well as direct persecution, be it for food, medicine or the pet/ornamental plant trade…

Palawan NGO Network Incorporated

In November 1991, the mainstream non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organization (POs) in Palawan formed the Palawan NGO Network, Inc. With its creation, NGOs hope to maximize the impact of their respective programs by being able to consult and coordinate with one another to present a broader NGO consensus that would carry more weight and strongly influence the direction of development and policy making in the province. Its mission is to enable poor…

Centre for Sustainability Philippines Inc.

The Centre for Sustainability (CS) is a non-profit environmental organization working on sustainable development in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, with a mission to establish protected areas in unprotected key biodiversity areas of Palawan using the integrated approach in conservation, education and sustainable alternative livelihoods for indigenous, coastal and upland communities. It is committed to address the environmental problems holistically and…

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

WWF was founded in 1961 as World Wildlife Fund and evolved into World Wide Fund for Nature in 1986 as the scope of work and initiatives broadened beyond wildlife. WWF-Philippines, the 26 th organization in the network, has been working as a national organization of the WWF network since 1997. It is committed to improve Filipino lives by crafting solutions to climate change, providing sustainable livelihood programs, and conserving the countrys richest marine and land…

Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.

The organization started as Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Programme (PBCP) in 1990 to assist the implementation of key priority recommendations arising from surveys, and much wider-ranging, threatened endemic species and habitat studies. It was officially registered in 2006 as Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. or PhilBio. PhilBio was created in order to provide increased technical assistance to local partner agencies – whether governmental or…

Environment and Climate Change Research Institute (ECCRI)

The Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (ECCRI), founded in 1990 by Engr. Glenn Banaguas, an Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Awardee for Environmental Management by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), is a multi-awarded group of researchers (Junior Research Scientists) that create positive impacts to the society and environment through research. It aims to serve as a locus of empowerment and training for young students and aspiring…

Environmental Legal Assistance Center, Inc.

The Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), Inc., an SEC registered as a non-profit, non-government organization, is committed to helping communities uphold their constitutional right to a healthful and balanced ecology. ELAC was formed in 1990 as a special project of the Protestant Lawyers’ League of the Philippines (PLLP). It was a response to the emerging challenge of…

Conservation International

Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Inc. (CIPFI) is an affiliate of Conservation International (CI), a US-based environmental non-profit organization. CI’s vision is a healthy, prosperous world in which societies are forever committed to caring for and valuing nature, our global biodiversity and the long-term benefit of people and all life on Earth. Building upon a strong …

Community Centered Conservation (C3) Philippines, Inc.

Community Centred Conservation (C3) Philippines, Inc. is a non-profit, non-government organization duly registered under the Securities and Exchange Commission Registration No. CN201115227. C3 Philippines began operations in Busuanga Island in September 2011. Since then, it has been involved in a number of activities in support…

Aquos Foundation

The Aquos Foundation exists to protect and nurture the unique ecosystems that live on
and around Banwa island. In partnership with the exclusive Banwa Private Island, Aquos
Foundation has set an ambitious long-term project to nurture the acres of natural surroundings, unique marine life, flora and fauna for years to come. It supports research, education and special projects such as reef regeneration initiatives…

Zoological Society of London

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose vision is to have a world where wildlife thrives and the purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct. This is realized by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at the two zoos, ZSL…

Sulubaai Environmental Foundation

Sulubaai Environmental Foundation is Philippine-based, non-profit organization created in 2012 by Frederic and Christina Tardieu, a French couple who fell in love with the Philippines from their first trip in 1992. The purpose of the foundation is to plan and implement projects and program for the protection, conservation, restoration and management of the natural resources of…

Palawan Biodiversity Conservation Advocates, Inc.

The Palawan Biodiversity Conservation Advocates Inc (PBCAI), which was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in November 2017, is an environmental- interests’ group of individuals envisioning Palawan to have healthy and rich natural resources sustainably providing ecosystems goods and services to the local populations thru the dynamic process of resource-proprietorship and sustainable development and…

Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE)

Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) is the largest Filipino non-stock, non-profit, and non-government organization dedicated to the conservation of marine megafauna and their habitats in the country. LAMAVE strives to ensure a secure and prosperous ocean for marine life and people by applying science- based solutions to conservation challenges, investing in the transfer of skills…

CENTER FOR CONSERVATION INNOVATION PH INC.

The Center for Conservation Innovation Ph Inc. (CCIPH) is a non-profit NGO that was set up to help enable and accelerate the achievement of effective and sustainable biodiversity conservation. CCIPH is an enabler and aims to be a consolidator and broker of conservation capacity, innovations and successes through the development of partnerships and capacity-building for science-based, nature-inspired, and socially appropriate conservation strategies…