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