I would like to share this commentary from the Manila Standard Today. To me, and based on my discussions with a number of people in Puerto Princesa, the conspiracy theory is true. In dealing with corporate entities, compliance to applicable legal requirements is essential in having a sustainable operation. Noncompliance to the law is a major nonconformity. If the political situation does not allow such political stability to conform to requirements, investors can always move to another country and make their investments there.
Such is the case with Palawan. However, a number of entities, with political intentions are trying to paint a picture that investments, particularly corporate entities, bring more bad than good. Rather than promote compliance to the existing laws and regulations, these entities are trying to put the law into their own hands.
With all these talk, I could not seem to hear the side of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, which is the main entity tasked to ensure sustainable development in the region under Republic Act 7611 which is the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan. Palawan is the only province that has a legislated strategic environmental assessment which should be the bench mark for all provinces, cities and municipalities in the Philippines. Yet, none of these is highlighted in the media. Gina Lopez keeps on banging our ears with her empty talk but she is already defying the law in the by-pass of RA 7611.
It is disappointing that media has been louder than policy, when policy is far more imporatant than publicity.