Organizational Structure

The PCSD Organizational Structure

The PCSD organization structure as provided by the E0 370s.1996 is composed of three levels of line function, namely: the Council, the Committees and the Sub-committees (details provided in the following sections). The PCSD structure allows an integrative, responsive, and efficient working relationship among its members in addressing SD issues and concerns.

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Composition and Responsibilities of the Council and its Members

This section is guided by the provisions on Council composition provided under the Executive Orders 15, 370 and 62.

A. Council

A multi-stakeholder body composed of representatives from the various government and non-government departments, groups, and organizations (e.g., civil society, labor group, and business sector) geared toward promoting SD. In particular, its core members include the NEDA, DENR, and DFA together with 5 representatives from civil society and one (1) each from the business and labor sectors. Participation of other government and non-government representatives in the Council meetings is allowed, depending on the Council agenda/issue at hand.

The chairperson of the Council shall be the NEDA Director-General with the DENR Secretary as the Vice-Chairperson.

The Council governs the over-all organization and operations of the PCSD and is responsible for generating policies that will be submitted to the President for approval. The Council Chairperson shall perform the following:

  1. Provide direction and leadership to all Council endeavors;
  2. Evaluate the performance of the Council members in the fulfillment of their tasks; and
  3. Preside over the Council meetings.

Council representation should not be lower than a rank of Director or its equivalent in non-government agencies to facilitate decision-making and solicit concrete commitments during Council meetings. The term of office of Council members is co-terminus with their appointments in their respective departments or organizations.

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B. Committee and Sub-Committee Members

An inter-agency group composed of members from different government and non-government agencies on SD, categorized into four (4) Committees and eight (8) Sub-Committees corresponding to the four (4) areas issues identified in the global Agenda 21.

The representation to the Committees and sub-committees shall be at least division chief or its equivalent in non-government offices.

The Committees are tasked to recommend to the Council specific resolutions addressing issues under their respective concerns and ensures that all recommendations brought to the Council is technically sound and viable as an effective national policy recommendation to the President. Specifically, The Committees and sub-committees serve as fora for:

  1. Deliberation of specific policies, issues, and plan, and programs related to SD and formulation of recommendations, therein, and
  2. Identification of specific objectives, strategies, and standards in the context of fulfilling Philippine commitments to the UNCED

b1. Committee on Social and Economic Dimensions (CSED). This committee responds to issues related to poverty, consumption patterns, population, human health, human settlements, and decision-making. CSED is chaired by the NEDA. Specifically the Committee is tasked to perform the following:

  1. Monitor and ensure the commitments under the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21) are adequately reflected in the development plans (e.g., MTPDP and RDP);
  2. Recommend policies, and possible plans and programs of the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21);
  3. Initiate consultations among various government agencies and non-government organizations matters related to the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21).

b2. Committee on the Conservation and Management of Resources for Development (CCMRD). The Committee focus primarily on the physical dimensions of the environment and the issues associated with them such as the atmosphere, biodiversity, water and land resources. The DENR served as the Chair.

The committee is further categorized into four major areas of concern: the Sub-committee on Atmosphere (DENR/PAWB-Chair and DOST-Vice chair), the Sub-committee on Biodiversity (DENR/EMB-Chair and DOE-Vice chair), the Sub-committee on Water Resources (DENR/EMB-Chair and NWRB-Vice chair), and the Sub-committee on Land Resources (DENR/LMB and NEDA-Vice chair). Specific duties are, as follows:

  1. Monitor and ensure the commitments under the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21) are adequately reflected in the development plans (e.g., MTPDP and RDP);
  2. Recommend policies, and possible plans and programs of the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21);
  3. Initiate consultations among various government agencies and non-government organizations matters related to the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21).

b3. Committee on Strengthening the Role of Major Groups (CSRMG). This Committee takes the lead in mainstreaming sustainable development through formation of SD focal/advocate that will serve as the critical mass to ensure continuity of the SD activities both in the government and non-government sectors. The CSRMG is chaired by DILG. The Committee is expected to perform the following:

  1. Monitor and ensure the commitments under the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21) are adequately reflected in the development plans (e.g., MTPDP and RDP);
  2. Recommend policies, and possible plans and programs of the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21);
  3. Initiate consultations among various government agencies and non-government organizations matters related to the concerned section of the Agenda 21/(EPA 21).

b4. Committee on Means of Implementation. This Committee is responsible for establishing and maintaining linkages with, and soliciting of assistance from international organizations in the fulfillment of Philippine commitments to the UNCED. CMI is chaired by DOST.

The Committee is further grouped into: the Sub-committee on Financing Arrangement (NEDA-Chair); the Sub-committee on Science and Technology (DOST-Chair); the Sub-committee on Information and Education (DECS-Chair); and the Sub-committee on Legal and Institutional Arrangements (DFA-Chair). The Committee is expected to perform the following:

  1. Establish linkages with, and solicit assistance from international organizations in the fulfillment of Philippine commitments to the UNCED; and
  2. Identify local and international institutional arrangements and mechanisms that would facilitate the implementation of Philippine commitments to the UNCED.

The Committee Chairman and Vice-chairman’s (in the absence of the Chairman) roles are as follows:

  1. Lead its Committee and sub-committees through a specific strategic direction and action plan;
  2. Lead the Committee in its role as the integrating arm of the Council on their respective areas of concern;
  3. Evaluate each Committee member’s work performance; and
  4. Preside over-all Committee meetings.

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