Leyte legislators pass
landmark environment code legislation
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province of Leyte made an
unprecedented move, in fact it made history, by passing a landmark
legislation, the Environment Code of the Province of Leyte.
As the author, Board
Member Carlo P. Loreto said, "Time is of the essence when it comes to
protecting our environment. Though
Leyte has a
bounty of natural resources, the struggle for economic growth
threatens to imperil the very source of the province's development.
Thus, it is imperative that we reconcile the urgent need for
prosperity with the shared duty to protect and advance the right of
the people to a balanced ecology, in accordance with the rhythm and
harmony of nature."
Board Member Carlo P. Loreto, Chairman of the SP Committee on
Environment and Natural Resources, made this statement amid growing
local and international concern over the unabated exploitation of the
environment in the name of development, and the deleterious effects
these have on the capacity of mother nature to replenish itself.
Board Member Loreto
said that through the passage of the Environmental Code, Leyte will be
able to define the stakeholders’ respective roles in environmental
protection and squarely address the challenges that may prevent the
performance of this role.
Board Member Loreto
who authored the Environmental Code for the Province of Leyte said
that it is indeed a challenge to achieve equilibrium between the right
of the present generation to economic prosperity and development and
the liberty of the future generations to enjoy a balanced and
The ordinance creating
the Environmental Code, is based on the concept of "inter-generational
justice." As explained by Board Member Loreto, "The right to a
balanced ecology is part of the right to life itself, antedating all
laws and constitutions. It is conceived from the very moment life
itself was created. In view of this fundamental human right, we have
an inter-generational responsibility to provide for the foreseeable
needs of future generations, while providing for the developmental
needs of our generation."
As Chairman of the
Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Loreto was able to
secure unanimous approval of the ordinance, which has been forwarded
to Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla for his approval and
signature, prior to implementation.
development in mind, the passage of this Environmental Code will
result to more timely and prudent responses to vital issues relating
to the environment," Loreto quipped.
Other members of the
provincial board agreed and commented that the passage of said
ordinance was very much welcome.
"It is a long overdue
ordinance. We are grateful to the proponent for advancing said
ordinance, which could ensure that future generations of Leyteños will
enjoy the bounties of nature," Board Member Wilson Uy said.
Board Member Rolando
Piamonte added that the environment today is under great threat. It is
just timely that such ordinance was filed and passed in the august
Loreto, who is a
lawyer by profession, is recognized as the most productive sitting
provincial legislator. He is currently serving his second three- year
term as number one board member of Leyte. He was first elected board
member last 2004.
Among the other
landmark ordinances he authored are the Gender and Development Code,
the Anti-Illegal Logging and -Timber Poaching Ordinance, the ordinance
creating the Comprehensive Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship
Program, the ABACA Disease Management and Industry Development
Ordinance, and the amendatory Sand and Gravel Ordinance.
An advocate of
humanitarian and environmental concerns, Atty. Loreto believes that
political machineries are not only means for winning elections, but
are effective tools for effecting reforms in Government.
For the past years, he
displayed leadership, political will, integrity and respect for the
rule of law. Even during committee investigations, Loreto displays
patience, sobriety and calm to usher a productive (although spirited)
exchange of ideas.
Despite the hectic
schedule, Atty. Loreto still manages to take part in civic-oriented
organizations, and continues to visit various project sites and touch
base with his constituents. He is passionate about strengthening the
Filipino family, empowering the youth, revitalizing the legal system,
promoting respect for human rights and working for an accountable and