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ISPPS WP 2004-06: Enhancing the Role of Local Government Units in Environmental Regulation

This paper reviews the implementation of one major environmental regulation in the Philippines, i.e., the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) system. This deals with the process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) required of projects or undertakings that have environmental implications. The paper looks into the following aspects - policies and procedures, institutions, and coordination among stakeholders involved in the EIS system. It examines the role of local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of the EIS system and recommends measures to improve the ECC policy and governance at the local level. The paper distils some lessons and experience in the province of Bukidnon, the SANREM study site. To harness a locally-based and more meaningful participatory EIS system, a policy framework for administration and enforcement at the local level must be improved. This should address constraints which include inadequate perception and understanding of the process involved, weak role of the local government and community, lack of coordination among stakeholders. These problems are rooted to limited information, education and communication, thus awareness and capability building strategies must be enhanced.

UPLB Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies
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Sumbalan, Antonio T.; environmental and natural resource management; Local Government Units (LGUs);
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