Lingayen — The provincial government will finally enact Provincial Ordinance No. 14-2011 known as Pangasinan Environment Code of 2012.
Pending for the last six years, this code authored by 2nd District Board Member Vonmark Mendoza was previously authored by former Vice Governor, now 6th District Congresswoman Marlyn Primicias Agabas and former 1st District Board Member Alice Pulido, then Sanggunniang Panlalawigan Chair on Environment.
Mendoza said that the importance of enacting this provincial ordinance targets several environmental concerns which are deemed as among the most important issues nowadays worldwide.
“Naturally and accordingly, the province should be consistent and should enact an ordinance precisely for the environment,” Mendoza reiterated as he highlighted the objectives of the code.
Among the code’s objectives include: the promotion of principles of accountability, involvement, awareness and responsibility for sustainable development and protection of the environment which shall ensure that all reasonable and practicable measures are taken by Local Government Units to protect, restore and enhance the quality of the environment.
The code shall have regards on the principles of ecological and sustainable development and to properly maintain both long and short terms economic, environmental, social and equity considerations in deciding all matters relating to environmental resources, use, protection, restoration and enhancement.
This code, according to Mendoza shall allocate the cost of environmental protection and restoration equitably.
“The code is commendable as this shows care for the province through environmental protection,” said 6th District Board Member Alfonso C. Bince Jr. even as he dubbed this code as a “monumental piece of legislation”.
However, Bince noted that the effect of this provincial code shall not succeed a municipal environmental ordinance because such is a special law that pertains to the municipality — and in the event of conflict, still the local environment ordinance shall prevail.
Mendoza, on the other hand, clarified that “the ordinance will not create a room for conflict with the number of municipal environment ordinances as approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Thus, this shall complement LGU environment codes,” he added.
A Solid Waste Management Plan included in this code shall resolve problems on plastic consumption gathering the participation of LGUs to work hand-in-hand to regulate plastic consumption.
The enacting of this provincial ordinance clearly manifests the good track of the provincial government as the administration Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr considers several programs and projects aimed at assuring environmental protection and conservation in the province.
Mendoza has asked the support of everyone for the wide dissemination of information.
Mendoza also disclosed that Gov. Espino will be invited to a signing ceremony of the ordinance at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to formally unveil this vital piece of legislation. (PIO/Mark Gerry Oblanca)