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 2 thereof declares the policy of the State to protect, develop and conserve its natural resources towards which, it shall assist and support the implementation of plans, programs and projects formulated to preserve and enhance the environment, and at the same time pursue the socioeconomic development goals of the country; that it shall support and promote the sustainable development goals for the provinces through proper conservation, utilization and development of natural resources to provide optimum yields on a continuing basis;


WHEREAS, this same law provides that the SEP shall have, as its general philosophy, the sustainable development of Palawan, which is the improvement in the quality of life of its people in the present and future generations through the use of complementary activities of development and conservation that protect life-support ecosystems and rehabilitate exploited areas to allow upcoming generations to sustain development growth;


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 therefor, 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 in February 2000 the PCSD Administrative Order No. 06 or the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of SEP Clearance System, which was amended in 2002 and 2008, and further revised in October 24, 2014;


            WHEREAS, in order to implement a policy instrument that is responsive to the public demand to fast track the approval process for the issuance of SEP Clearance, there is a need to periodically update the categorization of projects as provided under PCSD Administrative Order No. 06, series of 2014;


WHEREAS, upon the instructions of the PCSD, the technical Staff conducted a review of the 2014 project categorization and presented the proposed amendments during the 227th, 229th and 230thCouncil meetings wherein the proposed amendments were exhaustivelydeliberated;


WHEREAS,in today’s meeting, the Staff presented again the final amendments for the Council’s final reviewand approval, to wit;





1 Agricultural Plantation Above 50 ha  11 ha  up to 50 ha 10 ha and below  
2 Airports, Airstrips, Helipads        
3 Cemetery        
4 Cutting of planted trees        
5 Private land Timber Permit        
6 Reforestation Projects       Exotic species,



Species covered by Wildlife Act

(RA 9147)

7 Tree plantation


(located in A&D, titled land/tax declaration, Private undertaking without agreement from the government)



Above 10 hectares



10 hectares below

8 Facilities for Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBE) Projects        
9 Food preservation        
10 Funeral parlors, crematorium, columbarium





11 Garment manufacturing  
12 Golf Course Projects        
13 Grazing Projects 50 hectares and above   Below 50 hectares under the management of a Cooperative for livelihood purposes  
14 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  
15 Land Transport Terminal (for buses, jeepneys and other modes of transportation        
16 Landfills        
17 Organic compost        
18 Other watershed support activities        
19 Pedestrian overpass        
20 Poultry and Livestock farms   1,000 heads of birds and *above, or



6 heads of pigs and *above

Less than 1,000 heads of birds or



5 heads of pigs and below

21 Preventive or proactive measures against potential natural hazards


(engineering structures)

22 Public Markets/ Supermarkets   * If project exceeds 1 ha floor area. If project does not exceed 1 ha floor area including parking  
23 Reclamation Projects        
24 Fuel Refilling Station projects, Gasoline refilling Station projects        
25 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.

26 Fast Food/ Restaurant Projects        
27 Rice or Corn mills        
28 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
29 Storage Facilities If involves toxic or hazardous materials; combustible/ flammable materials (ex. Fuel depot)   If involves non-toxic or non-hazardous materials;  non-combustible/non-flammable materials  
30 Telecommunications Projects/ Facilities      


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

If located in the Restricted Use Zone
31 Traditional Use of Tribal Communities        
32 Agricultural Processing Facility        
33 Animal Products Processing (Ex: fish/meat processing, canning, slaughterhouse)    


34 Coconut processing plants Large Scale



Medium Scale Small Scale



35 Fruit, vegetable and +other food processing industries        
36 Cement and Ceramic Industries        
37 Leather and related industries        
38 Manufacture of agrichemicals



+ Fertilizer-making

 Use of inorganic materials  Use of organic materials  Production of dehydrated lime under Cooperative for agricultural and environmental pollution control purposes



39 Manufacture of explosives, propellants, toxic chemical agents and industrial gases        
40 Manufacture of glass-based, metal-based, paper and plastic-based products        
41 Manufacturing, processing, storage and/or use of substances included in Petroleum Oil Lubricants (POL)        
42 Mineral or Ore Processing        
43 Petroleum and Petrochemical  Industry Projects        
44 Pharmaceutical Industries        
45 Bioprospecting   *    
46 Refineries        
47 Surface coating Industries        
48 Textile, Wood, Rubber Industries        
49 Community based forest management agreement        
50 Forest Land Use Agreement for Tourism Purposes (FLAgT), FLAg and SUP        
51 SAPA (Special Agreement on Protected Areas)        
52 Industrial Forest Management Agreement/



+Industrial Tree Plantation

53 Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA)        
54 Special Land Use Permit (SLUP)        
55 Coral creation/ transplantation and artificial reef        
56 Fishery Aquaculture Projects        
57 Pearl Farms        
58 Cottage Industry        
59 Harvesting of NTFPs     Indigenous People (IPs)  
60 Non-timber forest products utilization/



61 Flowers/ Ornamentals Production/ Landscaping        
62 Pottery Projects        
63 Domestic Wastewater Treatment Facility        
64 Sewage and sewerage system        
65 Ecotourism activities cited in PCSD Resolution 06-270        
66 Other Tourism and Leisure Projects/ Activities        
67 Soft-impact recreational activities (restricted zones)        
68 Theme parks Large Scale eg. Ocean Parks, Disney Land Medium and Small Scale


eg. Astoria Water Park

69 Resorts and other similar facilities Adjacent to mangrove areas      
70 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




71 Extraction of oil and gas (on-shore and off-shore)        
72 Extraction of Ores        
73 LPG Distribution Store        
74 Sari-sari stores        
75 Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility        
76 Industrial and Hospital Waste Treatment Facility        
77 Hospitals Tertiary Secondary   Primary
78 OPD Clinics        
79 Hydropower facilities  **      
80 Thermal power plants




81 Impounding System        
82 Flood Control Project     +  
83 Irrigation System  **      
84 Renewable Energy Projects   *Plantation,                Biomass and Biogas 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
85 Waste-to-energy projects        
86 Ports and Harbors 1.   Generally involves all types of port and harbor projects



2.   Concrete platforms **


3.   Fish landing (stilt type), floating/movable/ not permanently anchored platforms ***


4.   If located in coastal salvage/ easement/ foreshore zone****

87 Quarry 1.    Generally all activities (Ex: limestone, mountain and sand)
River, Beach and Off-shore Quarry ** 


2.    Involves Pebble Picking (non-mechanized, of limited volume, for local consumption)***

Quarry for Government Projects Collection of dehydrated limestone for agricultural use of farmers in Palawan  
88 Research       *Natural Resource and Genetics Researches



*Research without collection and extraction

89 Shipyard  **      
90 Subdivision, Housing Projects, Resettlement projects, Economic and Socialized Housing project


    LGU resettlement projects
91 Water Supply Systems  **      
92 Economic Zones        
93 Batching Plant



One year and above in the area,



Use of asphalt

Less than one year in the area    
94 Crushing Plant One year and above in the area Less than one year in the area    


****from Category D

***from Category C

**from Category B

* from Category A

+from other item




WHEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and on motion duly seconded, the Council resolves to approve, as it is herebyAPPROVEDthe above-stated amendments to the categorization of projects in the revised PCSD Administrative Order No. 06, series of 2014;


RESOLVED FURTHER, that a copy of this resolution be furnished the concerned agencies and parties for information and guidance;


RESOLVEDFINALLY, that a copy of this resolution be publishedin a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Palawanand likewise be deposited at the Office of National Administrative Register at the UP Law Center, Diliman, Quezon City;


RESOLVED AND ADOPTED this 23rd day of February 2017 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.


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I hereby certify that the above-quoted resolution has been duly adopted by the PCSD on the 23rd day of February 2017 in Puerto Princesa City.












Vice-Chair, PCSD

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