Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Review Schedule for June 2018 Environmental Planning Licensure Examination

ATLAS-CPED is pleased to announce the schedule for the Comprehensive Review for the June 2018 Environmental Planning (EnP) Board Exams. The course will also be applied for CPED points for Architects as a Capability Building Seminar in Comprehensive Development Planning (a specialization for Architects under the 2010 SPP).

For more information:
EMAIL TO: atlascped@yahoo.com / atlascped@gmail.com
For on-line registration, see below
CALL landline: 02-374-9851
CALL or TEXT TO: 0927-8217-787 (Globe) / 0908-8653-829 (Smart)
2nd flr., Franisa Bldg, 76 Kamuning Road, Quezon City (see map at end of this post)

You may ENROLL ONLINE below:


Objectives of the Course:

1.   To further enhance basic skills, including research (ability to employ methods of data collection/analysis); critical thinking skills (ability to make comprehensive analysis/evaluation of environment and portion thereof); fundamental design skills (ability to apply organizational/spatial/structural principles to the conception of space in the environment; and collaboration skills (ability to identify/assume divergent roles while working as member of a planning team; and 

2. To further enhance understanding of the following: Physical design and the way in which cities work; history and theories of environmental planning; data on present/future needs (e.g. population, employment, etc.); plans and the process by which they are developed; local/regional/ national governments and their programs/processes for making political decisions; and legal/administrative aspects in the practice of environmental planning.

What is the coverage of the Review?


Political/Geographical/legal settings: Definitions, scopes, characteristics
Evolution, goals, concepts and principles/theories of planning
              History/goals of planning
              Foundation of planning
              Nature and types of planning
              ·    National, regional, local
              ·    Economic, social and physical
              ·    Short, medium and long term
              ·    Macro and micro
              ·    Strategic vis-à-vis indicative
              ·    Comprehensive vis-à-vis incremental

City growth and spatial planning theories
     Patterns of human settlements
     City image, urban form and functions
     City growth theories and urban ecological processes
     Urbanization: Issues and trends
     Planning and development of cities and urban areas

Regional Planning and Development
     Characteristics of regional/local governments
     Policies and Strategies
     Intra-and Inter-regional development issues


A.     Nature and Scope 
1. Planning processes, including problem/opportunity definition, goal setting, policy   formulation, generating alternative strategies, programming, etc.
2.     Planning Analyses
3.  Approaches/methodologies for plan preparation, including framework plan, development plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), strategic plan, structure plan, action plan master plan, sector plan, etc.
4.     Plan testing, evaluation, selection

B. Topics
1.     Overview of the planning processes
2.     Planning tool and techniques
3.     Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP)
4.     Information systems (GIS, MIS, etc.)/ Mapping technologies

Area Development Planning
     Site Planning and Urban Design
     Cultural Heritage Planning 
     Urban Renewal, Redevelopment, Regeneration and Revitalization
     Integrated Area or Integrated Rural Development (IAD or IRD)
     New Towns and Other Spatial Districts (Agro/Eco Villages)
     Industrial Estates/Economic Zones Development
     Watershed/River Basin, Coastal and Waterfront Development
     Protected Areas


Sectoral Planning
     Social Sector (Education, Health, Housing, Social Welfare, etc.
     Economic Sector (Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Industry, Tourism, etc.)
     Infrastructure and Utilities
     Natural resources

Land use planning
     Land Classification/Reclassification
     Land Allocation/Utilization
     Development Controls and Incentives


A.  Nature and Scope
      1.  Plan implementation and enforcement
      2.  Administrative and institutional aspects of plan implementation
      3.  Project planning and development, monitoring and Evaluation

Financing and Budgeting Systems
     Local taxation and revenue generation
     Resource allocation
     Financial requirements/capital improvement program
     Private Financing Initiatives (eg. BOT)
     Comprehensive investment programming system

Legal foundations for Environmental Planning Practice
      Civil Code provisions (Property Law)
      The Environmental Planning Act of 2013

      Government and legal system
      Relevant provisions of the 1987 Constitution
      Local governance
      ·         Constitutional provisions
      ·         Local Government Code
      ·         Powers and responsibilities of local officials relating to environmental management
     International environmental commitments

General Environmental Laws/Philippine Environmental Policy
·         Philippine Environmental Code
·         EIA system
·         Clean Air Act
·         Clean Water Act

Laws Related to Land, Air, Water
·         Network of Integrated Protected Area Systems Law
·         Agrarian Reform Law
·         Clean Air Act
·         Solid Waste Management Act
·         Indigenous Peoples Right Act

Human Habitat
·         Sanitation Code
·         Human settlements, land use and zoning laws
·         Cultural heritage laws

Project Planning, Management and Implementation
·         Project cycle management approach
·         Project monitoring/evaluation
·         Logical framework analysis/tools for project planning design/management
·         Feasibility analysis

Planning Administration and Professional Practice
     Government machinery for planning
     Code of ethics, legal obligations/responsibilities
     Public interest and social justice
     Government procurement policy
     Preparation of contract documents

Disaster Risk Planning
·          Disaster Risk Reduction
·         Climate Change Act

References: PRC Primer Board of Environmental Planning (2006)

What is Environmental Planning?

According to RA 10587, Environmental planning, also known as urban and regional planning, city planning, town and country planning, and/or human settlements planning, refers to the multi-disciplinary art and science of. analyzing, specifying, clarifying, harmonizing, managing and regulating the use and development of land and water resources, in relation to their environs, for the development of sustainable communities and ecosystems.

Environmental Planner refers to a person who is registered and licensed to practice environmental planning and who holds a valid Certificate of Registration and a valid Professional Identification Card from the :Board of Environmental Planning and the Professional Regulation Commission.

SEC. 5 of RA 10587 defines the  Scope of Practice. - The practice of environmental planning, within the meaning and intent of this Act, shall embrace the following:

(a) Providing professional services in the form of technical consultation, rendering of technical advice, plan preparation, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation of implementation involving the following: 
1. National, regional or local development and/or physical framework and comprehensive land·use plans; 
2. Zoning and related ordinances, codes and other legal issuances for the development and management, preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, regulation and control of the environment, including all land, water, air and natural resources; 
3. Planning and development of a barangay, municipality, city, province, region or any portion or combination thereof; and 
4. Development of a site for a particular need or special purpose, such as economic or ecological zones; tourism development zones; and housing and other estate development projects, including the creation of any other spatial arrangement of buildings, utilities, transport and communications; 

(b) In relation to any of the activIties enumerated in paragraph (a), above, preparing the following studies: 
1. Pre·feasibility, feasibility and other related concerns;
2. Environmental assessments; and
3. Institutional, administrative or legal systems;

(c) Curriculum and syllabi development in licensure examinations for environmental planners and teaching in academic institutions and conducting review courses in environmental planning; 

(d) Serving as expert witness, resource person, lecturer, juror or arbitrator in hearings, competitions, exhibitions and other public fora; conduct of hearings, competitions, exhibits and other public fora;

(e) Ensuring compliance with environmental laws including the acquisition of regulatory permits. The Professional Regulatory Board, subject to approval of the Professional Regulation Commission, may add to, or exclude from, this section any activity or act of professional practice, or revise it as the need arises to conform to changes and new developments brought about by the latest trends in environmental planning; and 

(f) Perform other acts or conduct other activities that may be determined by the Board, subject to approval by the Professional Regulation Commission in light of the trend of the practice of the profession

What are the subjects  in the examination?

SEC. 17 (RA 10587). Subjects of Examination. - The licensure examination for environmental planners shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following: 

(a) History, concepts, theories and principles of environmental planning; 
(b) Environmental planning process, methods/techniques and strategies; and 
(c) Environmental plan implementation, legal aspects and administration. 

These subject areas and syllabi shall include topics and subtopics in' accordance with the syllabi or tables of specifications of subjects for licensure examinations by the Board m consultation with the academe and the APO. The subject areas and syllabi may be revised as the need arises to conform to changes and new developments brought about by trends in the practice of environmental planning.

Who can take the examination?

SEC. 18 (RA 10587). Qualifications for Taking the Examination. Any person applying to take the licensure examination as herein provided shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board that he/she has the following qualifications: 

(a) A citizen of the Philippines or a foreign citizen whose country or State has a policy on reciprocity in the practice of the profession; 

(b) A holder of ANY of the following degrees from schools, colleges or universities duly recognized and accredited by the CHED: 
1. A graduate in environmental planning, urban/city and regional planning, or town and country planning or its equivalent; 
2. A Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, city and regional planning or its equivalent, and with at least one (1) year of on-the-job training as required herein; 
3. A Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Planning, city planning or urban and regional planning, or town and country planning, or its equivalent, and with two (2) years of on-the-job training as required herein; 
4. A masters or doctorate degree in either architecture, engineering, ecology, economics, geography, geology, public administration, business administration, sociology, social science, law, environmental science, environmental management, development management, natural resources planning and development, and related discipline acceptable to the Board, and with three (3) years of on-the-job training as required herein: Provided, That a person falling under this paragraph shall be allowed to take the licensure examination only within the next five (5) years from the effectivity of this Act; . 
5. A bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, economics, public administration, law, social work and community development or sociology and other related disciplines acceptable to the Board and with five '(5) years of on-the-job training as required herein: Provided, That a person falling under this paragraph shall be allowed to take the licensure examination only within the next five (5) years from the effectivity of this Act; and 
6. Incumbent holders of planning positions in the national, regional or local government offices or agencies including government-owned and -controlled corporations and have been engaged in development planning functions acceptable to the Board: Provided, That they are holders of professional civil service eligibility and they have undergone at least eighty (80) hours of in-service training or distance learning in developmental planning from a government agency, school or institution recognized by proper authorities: Provided, further, That a person falling under this paragraph may be allowed to take the licensure examination only within the next five (5) years after the effectivity of this Act. 

(c) Of good moral character; and 

(d) Not convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude by a court of competent jurisdiction. The on-the-job training required in this section shall be undertaken under the supervision of a registered and licensed environmental planner or the applicant's immediate supervisor in an agency or organization acceptable to the Board, which is engaged or involved in environmental planning functions or programs.

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