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2005 Revised Syllabi for the Enviromental Planner Licensure Examination

1. The following syllabi are intended to guide examinees in the preparation for the Environmental Planner Licensure Examination. In general, they cover areas in which examinees are expected to have knowledge, technical skills, decision making skills, and competencies when they start to practice the environmental planning profession. Examinees are generally tested on: 1. 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 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.




The general coverage of the examination is divided into three major subject area with their corresponding weight5s and reflect the physical, social, economic, planning law and administration and special planning aspects as provided for PD1308; 1. 2. 3. History, Concepts, Theories and Principles of Environmental Planning 20 Environmental Planning Processes Methods and Strategies 45 Environmental Plan Implementation and Legal Aspects 35

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Each subject area includes its nature and scope and specific topics/subtopics. A list of suggested references is also included in the syllabi. These syllabi are made available to all recognized schools of Environmental Planning in the country, the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) and other concerned entities.


A. Nature and Scope 1. 2. B. Topics The basic factors that have influenced the development of cities and regions Urban and regional planning concepts, theories and methods

1. Political/Geographical/legal settings: Definitions, scopes, characteristics 2. Evolution, goals, concepts and principles/theories of planning 2.1 History/goals of planning 2.2 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--vis indicative Comprehensive vis--vis incremental

3. City growth and spatial; planning theories 3.1 Patterns of human settlements 3.2 City image, urban form and functions 3.3 City growth theories and urban ecological processes 3.4 Urbanization: Issues and trends 3.5 Planning and development of cities and urban areas 4. Regional Planning and development 4.1 Rationale/delineation 4.2 Analysis/objectives/targets 4.3 Characteristics of regional/local governments 4.4 Policies and Strategies 4.5 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. 2. 3. 4. 5. Overview of the planning processes Planning tool and techniques Demographics Information systems (GIS, MIS, etc.)/ Mapping technologies Sectoral Planning 5.1 Social sector (education, health, housing, social welfare, etc.

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Economic sector (agriculture, fisheries, forestry, industry, tourism, etc.) Infrastructure and utilities Energy Natural resources

Land use planning 6.1 Land classification/reclassification 6.2 Land allocation/utilization 6.3 Development controls and incentives Area development planning 7.1 Site planning and urban design 7.2 Cultural heritage planning 7.3 Urban renewal, redevelopment, regeneration and revitalization 7.4 Integrated area or integrated rural development (IAD or IRD) 7.5 New towns and other spatial districts (agro/eco villages) 7.6 Industrial estates/economic zones development 7.7 Watershed/river basin, coastal and waterfront development 7.8 Protected areas



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 B. Topics 1. Planning administration and professional practice 1.1 Government machinery for planning 1.2 Code of ethics, legal obligations/responsibilities 1.3 Public interest and social justice 1.4 Government procurement policy 1.5 Preparation of contract documents 2. Project planning, management and implementation 2.1 Project cycle management approach 2.2 Project monitoring/evaluation 2.3 Logical framework analysis/tools for project planning design/management 2.4 Feasibility analysis 3. Financing and budgeting systems 3.1 Local taxation and revenue generation 3.2 Resource allocation 3.3 Financial requirements/capital improvement program 3.4 Private Financing Initiatives (eg. BOT) 3.5 Comprehensive investment programming system

4. Legal foundations for environmental planning practice 4.1 Government and legal system 4.2 Relevant provisions of the 1987 Constitution 4.3 General environmental laws Philippine Environmental Policy Philippine Environmental Code EIA system Pollution Control Law 4.4 Civil Code provisions (Property Law) 4.5 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 4.6 Human Habitat Sanitation Code Human settlements, land use and zoning laws Cultural heritage laws 4.7 Local governance Constitutional provisions Local Government Code Powers and responsibilities of local officials relating to environmental management 4.8 International environmental commitments