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;

1Agricultural PlantationAbove 50 ha 11 ha  up to 50 ha10 ha and below 
2Airports, Airstrips, Helipads    
4Cutting of planted trees    
5Private land Timber Permit    
6Reforestation Projects   Exotic species,     Species covered by Wildlife Act (RA 9147)
7Tree plantation   (located in A&D, titled land/tax declaration, Private undertaking without agreement from the government)Above 10 hectares 10 hectares below 
8Facilities for Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBE) Projects    
9Food preservation    
10Funeral parlors, crematorium, columbarium        
11Garment manufacturing    
12Golf Course Projects    
13Grazing Projects50 hectares and above Below 50 hectares under the management of a Cooperative for livelihood purposes 
14Institutional and Other related facilities and structures If intended for medical and laboratory purposesIf intended for educational  or religious purposes and not the ownership 
15Land Transport Terminal (for buses, jeepneys and other modes of transportation    
17Organic compost    
18Other watershed support activities    
19Pedestrian overpass    
20Poultry and Livestock farms 1,000 heads of birds and *above, or     6 heads of pigs and *aboveLess than 1,000 heads of birds or     5 heads of pigs and below 
21Preventive or proactive measures against potential natural hazards   (engineering structures)    
22Public Markets/ Supermarkets * If project exceeds 1 ha floor area.If project does not exceed 1 ha floor area including parking 
23Reclamation Projects    
24Fuel Refilling Station projects, Gasoline refilling Station projects    
25Residential Houses, Commercial Buildings, Motels, Hotels, Condominium/ ApartellesMulti-level restaurantsHotels
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.
26Fast Food/ Restaurant Projects    
27Rice or Corn mills    
28Road ProjectsPilot roads or new openingsGenerally 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
29Storage FacilitiesIf involves toxic or hazardous materials; combustible/ flammable materials (ex. Fuel depot) If involves non-toxic or non-hazardous materials;  non-combustible/non-flammable materials 
30Telecommunications Projects/ Facilities  If located in Coastal-Marine Multiple Use Zone/ General Use ZoneIf located in the Restricted Use Zone
31Traditional Use of Tribal Communities    
32Agricultural Processing Facility    
33Animal Products Processing (Ex: fish/meat processing, canning, slaughterhouse) ***  
34Coconut processing plantsLarge Scale    Medium ScaleSmall Scale     
35Fruit, vegetable and +other food processing industries    
36Cement and Ceramic Industries    
37Leather and related industries    
38Manufacture 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     
39Manufacture of explosives, propellants, toxic chemical agents and industrial gases    
40Manufacture of glass-based, metal-based, paper and plastic-based products    
41Manufacturing, processing, storage and/or use of substances included in Petroleum Oil Lubricants (POL)    
42Mineral or Ore Processing    
43Petroleum and Petrochemical  Industry Projects    
44Pharmaceutical Industries    
45Bioprospecting *  
47Surface coating Industries    
48Textile, Wood, Rubber Industries    
49Community based forest management agreement    
50Forest Land Use Agreement for Tourism Purposes (FLAgT), FLAg and SUP    
51SAPA (Special Agreement on Protected Areas)    
52Industrial Forest Management Agreement/     +Industrial Tree Plantation    
53Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA)    
54Special Land Use Permit (SLUP)    
55Coral creation/ transplantation and artificial reef    
56Fishery Aquaculture Projects    
57Pearl Farms    
58Cottage Industry    
59Harvesting of NTFPs  Indigenous People (IPs) 
60Non-timber forest products utilization/   projects    
61Flowers/ Ornamentals Production/ Landscaping    
62Pottery Projects    
63Domestic Wastewater Treatment Facility    
64Sewage and sewerage system    
65Ecotourism activities cited in PCSD Resolution 06-270    
66Other Tourism and Leisure Projects/ Activities    
67Soft-impact recreational activities (restricted zones)    
68Theme parksLarge Scale eg. Ocean Parks, Disney LandMedium and Small Scale   eg. Astoria Water Park  
69Resorts and other similar facilitiesAdjacent to mangrove areas   
70Zipline, 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    
71Extraction of oil and gas (on-shore and off-shore)    
72Extraction of Ores    
73LPG Distribution Store    
74Sari-sari stores    
75Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility    
76Industrial and Hospital Waste Treatment Facility    
77HospitalsTertiarySecondary Primary
78OPD Clinics    
79Hydropower facilities **   
80Thermal power plants     Geothermal    
81Impounding System    
82Flood Control Project  + 
83Irrigation System **   
84Renewable 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
85Waste-to-energy projects    
86Ports and Harbors1.   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****   
87Quarry1.    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 ProjectsCollection of dehydrated limestone for agricultural use of farmers in Palawan 
88Research   *Natural Resource and Genetics Researches     *Research without collection and extraction
89Shipyard **   
90Subdivision, Housing Projects, Resettlement projects, Economic and Socialized Housing project***  LGU resettlement projects
91Water Supply Systems **   
92Economic Zones    
93Batching Plant    One year and above in the area,     Use of asphaltLess than one year in the area  
94Crushing PlantOne year and above in the areaLess than one year in the area  
 Legend:   ****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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