All about PNNI

In November 1991, the mainstream non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organization (POs) in Palawan formed the Palawan NGO Network, Inc. The motivation was to present a broader NGO consensus that would carry more weight in the policy making process in various local government units in the province. With its creation, NGOs hope to maximize the impact of their respective programs by being able to consult and coordinate with one another. PNNI believes that by uniting the NGOs and POs towards a common pursuit, it can strongly influence the direction of development for Palawan.
Since then, PNNI has actively involved itself in numerous provincial concerns.

Development Agenda
PNNI will work towards the sustainable development (balancing of the use and preservation/protection of Palawan’s natural resources) and recognize that local communities play a major role in the management of resources. Any development measure that will not promote sustainable development will not be tolerated.
Access to Palawan’s natural resources will be democratized in favor of the marginalized sectors of Palawan’s society (small scale fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, small farmers, urban poor and women).
PNNI will work for the empowerment (political, economic and technical) towards effective and genuine participation of the local communities in the development process.

Institutional Vision
A dynamic NGO and PO network with an effective program on sustainable development.

Societal Vision
A self reliant society that upholds social justice, genuine citizens’ participation, effective resource management and a better quality of life for all.

Societal Mission
To enable poor and marginalized sectors to sustainably manage the natural resources of Palawan, while actively participating in local governance.

Organizational Structure
Currently, PNNI is composed of 21 Palawan NGOs/POs. The General Assembly, its highest policy-making body, meets every year to map out the network’s thrust for the year. Its officers are elected on 2-year terms from among the member organizations.


The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) is the main implementing arm and primary policy-making body of Republic Act 7611, also known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan. The SEP provides the overall development policy framework for Palawan, one that is anchored in the protection and conservation of its natural resources.

With key political leaders and heads of several national government agencies as mandated members, the PCSD deliberates and approves all development projects in Palawan especially those that impact on the environment. Any project should have an SEP clearance issued by the Council during Council meetings held once a month.

To actively monitor the Council decisions particularly concerning the strict implementtion fo the Environmetal Critical Areas Network or ECAN, PNNI actively engages itself into the arena of developmental debate and sees its role in the PCSD as an advocate of policies that will directly benefit the communities as well as influence the development direction of the province towards continuous protection of Palawan’s environment. Currently, PNNI seats as the NGO representative to the PCSD.

Activities, projects and programs in Palawan, specifically on:
community organizing
sustainable agriculture
supplementary livelihood
community based resource management
ancestral domain delineation
biodiversity conservation
legal assistance
environmental litigation
capacity building
networking and advocacy
research and data banking

On the other hand, the PNNI Secretariat holds and coordinates special projects/activities, namely:

Policy Advocacy and Lobbying

PNNI sees its role in the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, Provincial Development Council and other local special bodies, as an advocate of policies that directly benefit the communities and those that protect the environment.

At present, advocacy of PNNI includes issues on mining, illegal fishing, oil palm plantation, and others.

Bantay Mina or Mine Watch – a Special working group under the IP and Environment Technical Working Group actively monitors the mining threats all over Palawan by conducting various education and awareness activities hand in hand with facilitating other support endeavors especially for affected communities.

Technical Support and Services

The Secretariat conducts and offers different services, namely: research, trainings, documentation, facilitation, project evaluation & monitoring and organizational diagnosis.

Trainings include local governance (Barangay Development Planning through Participatory Resource Appraisal as well as Plan Packaging), facilitation (Technology of Participation), leadership, team building, community organizing, book keeping and many others.

Palawan Provincial Access Center

PNNI, as the provincial development partner of the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), aims to establish an access center in line with PEF’s localization of its services to help the poor and marginalized communities in Philippine society. The establishment of an access center in Palawan intends to link PNNI’s on-going conservation efforts with economic development through micro-finance program.

The center itself is where communities, cooperatives, and other associations can avail of the expertise and resources of PNNI members. In effect, it will facilitate the professionalization of PNNI services while at the same time continue to promote social development and environmental protection of Palawan.

 Alayka Palawan, Inc. (ALPI)
 Bahatala Foundation, Inc.
 Bangsa Palawan-Phils., Inc. (BPPI)
 Conservation International (CI)
 Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC)
 Foundation for Women’s Advancement, Rights Dev’t. & Empowerment, Inc. (FORWARDE)
 Haribon – Palawan
 Indigenous Peoples Apostolate (IPA)
 Institute for the Development of Educational & Ecological Alternatives, Inc. (IDEAS)
 Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas – World Wildlife Fund (KKP-WWF)
 Land of Paradise Community Dev’t.Foundation (LoP)
 Ligaya ng Buhay Community Dev’t.Foundation, Inc. (LnBCDF)
 Nagkakaisang mga Tribu ng Palawan, Inc. (NATRIPAL)
 Northern Palawan Community Dev’t.Foundation, Inc. (NPCDF)
 Palawan Center for Appropriate Rural Technology (PCART)
 Palawan Conservation Corps (PCC)
 Sagipin Gubat at Dagat ng Palawan (SAGUDA)
 Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Mainit at Imulnod, Inc. (SAMMI)
 Tanggapang Panligal ng Katutubong Pilipino (PANLIPI)
 World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. (WV)

  • Bountiful Harvest

Unit 3 Zanzibar Building, Rizal Avenue
Puerto Princesa City 5300
Tel/Fax: +63 048 433 5525

“The Palawan NGO Network, Inc. shares a
common vision of social justice and equitable
distribution of wealth rooted within the framework
of self-help and participatory democracy.”
(PNNI Declaration of Principles, Puerto Princesa City, May 1994)


  1. Abe Sumalinog said,

    October 12, 2010 at 11:45 am

    October 12, 2010
    Dear Sir/Madame:
    I am a graduate student doing environmental studies. I just want to ask if you have a representation at the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Please, I need only ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer from you for my research. I really hope to hear from you soon. More power to all your endeavors.

    Maraming salamat po!

    Respecfully yours,
    Abraham Sumalinog
    Korea University Graduate School of International Studies
    Anamdong, Seoul, South Korea.

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  8. June 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    How does one get in touch with any spokesperson for PNNI?

  9. tanguy2104 said,

    January 10, 2018 at 1:08 am


    I would like to know if it is possible to find some developers of mini grids in Palawan or more widely in the Philippines ? I am now working for a social company in Spain and we are working in electrifying rural areas mainly in Africa and in Latin America. We have the plan to start having projects in South East Asia and the Philippines is one of our target.
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