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Aquino signs RA 10587 regulating the practice of environmental planning (By PNA and Philippine Times of Southern Nevada)

President Benigno Aquino III has signed into Republic Act No. 10587, which regulates the practice of environmental planning.


Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the new law, which was signed on May 27, repeals Presidential Decree No. 13008 entitled “Law Regulating the Environmental Planning Profession in the Philippines and for other purposes.”


Valte said he new law creates a Professional Regulatory Board of environmental planning, that will now regulate the practice of environmental planning in the Philippines.


It also puts down the terms of office who would be forming the particular Board of Environmental Planning.


The new law also mandates that professionals who practice environmental planning should now undergo an examination for them to secure their license.


There are also penal provisions in the new law should some individuals be found to be violating some of its mandates.


So essentially, Valte said the new law now regulate the practice of environmental planning in the country.


RA 10587 provides a more responsive and comprehensive regulation for the registration, licensing and practice of the profession of Environmental Planning in light of local and international developments in the field, which encompasses a plethora of planning concerns such as climate change, natural and built environments, subdivision planning, disaster prevention/mitigation/response, among others.


It also proposes a clearer definition of the practice of Environmental Planning and the expansion of the types of academic degrees required to qualify for the licensure examination, likewise providing for continuing professional education to make Philippine Environmental Planners globally recognized and competitive.