WHEREAS, R.A. 7611, otherwise known as the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan, took effect on 19 June 1992 section 6 of which provides that the SEP shall serve as the framework to guide the government agencies concerned in the formulation of plans, programs and projects affecting the environment and natural resources of Palawan;



WHEREAS, Section 16 of the same law provides that the governance, implementation and policy direction of the SEP shall be exercised by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD);






WHEREAS, Sections 7 to 11 of said Act provides for the establishment of an Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN), the main strategy of SEP, which is a graded system of protection and development control over the whole of Palawan, including its tribal lands, forests, mines, agricultural areas, settlement areas, small islands, mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds and the surrounding sea;


WHEREAS, Section 19 of the same Act empowers the Council to formulate plans and policies as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the SEP, as well as to adopt, amend and rescind such rules and regulations and impose penalties therefore, for the effective implementation thereof and to perform such other powers and functions as may be necessary in carrying out its functions, powers, and the provisions of the SEP law;


            WHEREAS, to ensure the attainment of the present goals and objectives, the PCSD promulgated on October 28, 2014 the PCSD Admin. Order No. 06 or the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of SEP Clearance System including the categorization of projects, and which became operative on December 11, 2014 after due publication thereof;


            WHEREAS, as part of the information campaign and implementation of the above-mentioned administrative order, the PCSDS conducted an Enforcers’ Orientation on February 5 and 6, 2015 with the District Management Office Staffs and personnel as the participants;


            WHEREAS, in the said orientation, the participants were able to review the categorization of the projects and suggested revisions to the same;


WHEREAS, on February 26, 2015 the above-mentioned revisions as suggested by the participants were presented to the Council for approval;


WHEREAS, the Council reviewed the revisions and made their comments to wit;


1 Agricultural Plantation Above 50 ha   50 ha and below  
2 Agricultural Processing Facility      
3 Airports, Airstrips, Helipads      
4 Animal Products Processing (Ex: fish/meat processing, canning, slaughterhouse)  
5 Cement and Ceramic Industries      
6 Cemetery      
7 Coconut processing plants Large Scale Small Scale  
8 Community based forest management agreement      
9 Coral transplantation and artificial reef      
10 Cottage Industry      
11 Cutting of planted trees      
12 Domestic Wastewater Treatment Facility      
13 Ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation projects      
14 Ecotourism activities cited in PCSD Resolution 06-270      
15 Extraction of oil and gas (on-shore and off-shore)      
16 Extraction of Ores      
17 Facilities for Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBE) Projects      
18 Fast Food/ Restaurant Projects      
19 Fishery Aquaculture Projects      
20 Forest Land Use Agreement for Tourism Purposes (FLAgT), FLAg and SUP      
21 Flowers/ Ornamentals Production/ Landscaping      
22 Food preservation      
23 SAPA (Special Agreement on Protected Areas)      
24 Forest Plantations      
25 Fruit and vegetable processing      
26 Funeral parlors, crematorium, columbarium  
27 Garment manufacturing  
28 Golf Course Projects      
29 Grazing Projects      
30 Harvesting of NTFPs      
31 Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility      
32 Hospitals Tertiary Secondary   Primary
33 OPD Clinics    
34 Hydropower facilities      
35 Importation or Purchase of Equipment (Ex: tractors, haulers, dryers, sprayers, etc.)      
36 Impounding System or Flood Control Project      
37 Industrial and Hospital Waste Treatment Facility      
38 Industrial Forest Management Agreement      
39 Institutional and Other related facilities and structures   If intended for medical and laboratory purposes If intended for educational  or religious purposes and not the ownership  
40 Irrigation System      
41 Land Transport Terminal (for buses, jeepneys and other modes of transportation      
42 Landfills      
43 Leather and related industries      
44 LPG Store      
45 Manufacture of agrichemicals      
46 Manufacture of explosives, propellants, toxic chemical agents and industrial gases      
47 Manufacture of glass-based, metal-based, paper and plastic-based products      
48 Manufacturing, processing, storage and/or use of substances included in PCL      
49 Mineral or Ore Processing      
50 Non-timber forest products utilization/projects      
51 Organic compost/ Fertilizer-making If project exceeds 3,000 bags (50kg)/ annum in machine capacity If incorporated in waste management projects If project does not exceed 3,000 bags (50kg)/ annum in machine capacity  
52 Other Tourism and Leisure Projects/ Activities      
53 Other types of Food Processing Industries      
54 Other watershed support activities      
55 Pearl Farms      
56 Pedestrian overpass      
57 Petroleum and Petrochemical  Industry Projects      
58 Pharmaceutical Industries      
59 Ports and Harbors Generally involves all types of port and harbor projects Concrete platforms Fish landing (stilt type), floating/movable/ not permanently anchored platforms If located in coastal salvage/ easement/ foreshore zone
60 Pottery Projects      
61 Poultry and Livestock farms Above 5,000 heads of birds or above 50 heads of pigs 1,000 heads – 5,000 heads of birds or 6-50 heads of pigs Less than 1,000 heads of birds or 5 heads of pigs and below  
62 Preventive or proactive measures against potential natural hazards      
63 Private land Timber Permit`      
64 Public Markets/ Supermarkets If project exceeds 1 ha floor area   If project does not exceed 1 ha floor area including parking  
65 Quarry 1. Generally all activities (Ex: limestone, mountain and sand)
River, Beach and Off-shore Quarry
2. Quarry for Government Projects
Involves Pebble Picking (non-mechanized, of limited volume, for local consumption)  
66 Refilling station projects/ Gasoline Station projects      
67 Refineries      
68 Reforestation Projects      
69 Renewable Energy Projects Plantation,                    Biomass Projects If located in Terrestrial Multiple Use Zones, Terrestrial Traditional/ Controlled Use Zone, Coastal-Marine Multiple/ General Use Zone and Coastal Marine Buffer Zone   If located in Restricted Use Zone
70 Research Natural Resource and Genetics Researches     Should register with PCSD
71 Research without collection and extraction      



72 Residential Houses, Commercial Buildings, Motels, Hotels, Condominium/ Apartelles Multi-level restaurants Hotels
Motels, Condominiums, Apartelles, and                                              Single-floor restaurants exceeding 1,000 square meter floor area.
1. Residential Houses

2. Commercial Buildings (below 1,000sq.m. floor area)
3. Lodging Houses (w/ 10 rooms or 1,000 sq.m, floor area, whichever is lower)

4. Small Restaurants below 1,000 square meter floor area.

73 Rice or Corn mills Above 10 tonnes/hour input capacity 10 tonnes/hour input capacity and below  
74 Road Projects Pilot roads or new openings Generally involves all types of road construction and projects (Ex: elevated roads, fly-over, tunnels, private roads, farm to market roads, etc.) 1. Bridges of not more than 80 linear meters
2. Road Rehabilitation Projects
75 Sari-sari stores      
76 Sewage and sewerage system      
77 Shipyard      
  Reclamation Projects      
78 Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA)      
79 Soft-impact recreational activities (restricted zones)      
80 Special Agreement in Protected Areas      
81 Special Land Use Permit      
82 Storage Facilities If involves toxic or hazardous materials; combustible/ flammable materials   If involves non-toxic or non-hazardous materials;  non-combustible/non-flammable materials  
83 Subdivision, Housing Projects, Resettlement projects, Economic and Socialized Housing project
84 Surface coating Industries      
85 Telecommunications Projects/ Facilities      

If located in Coastal-Marine Multiple Use Zone/ General Use Zone


If located in the Restricted Use Zone

86 Textile, Wood, Rubber Industries      
87 Theme parks      
88 Thermal power plants      
89 Traditional Use of Tribal Communu\ities      
90 Waste-to-energy projects      
91 Water Supply Systems      
  Resorts and other similar facilities      
92 Zipline, canopy walks and other similar projects   If project is located in Terrestrial Multiple Use Zone and Terrestrial Traditional/ Controlled Use Zones   If project is located in Restricted Use Zone

***from Category C


WHEREAS, in lieu of the recommendation to periodically renew the SEP Clearance, the staff shall periodically monitor the proponents’ compliance to its terms and conditions;


WHEREFORE, upon motion duly seconded, the Council RESOLVES, as it is hereby resolved, TO APPROVE, as it is hereby approved, the AMENDMENTS TO THE CATEGORIZATION OF PROJECTS IN THE REVISED PCSD ADMINISTRAIVE ORDER NO. 06, SERIES OF 2014;


RESOLVED FURTHER, that copies of this resolution be sent to all Local Government Units and other concerned agencies in the Province of Palawan for guidance;


RESOLVED FINALLY, that copy of this resolution be published in newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Palawan and deposited at the Office of the National Administrative Register at the UP Law Center, Diliman, Quezon City






RESOLVED AND ADOPTED this 26th day of February, 2015 in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines.



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I hereby certify that the above-quoted resolution has been duly adopted by the PCSD on the 26th day of February 2015.




                                                                               Executive Director






Vice Chairman, PCSD