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


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