Aquino signs into law bill repealing PD 1308

May 31, 2013 10:07 pm 

MANILA, May 31 — President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law a bill repealing the Presidential Decree 1308 entitled "Law Regulating the Environmental Planning Profession in the Philippines" to make the law in tune with recent developments in environmental planning.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang Friday the Chief Executive signed on May 27 Republic Act 10587 titled "An Act Regulating the Practice of Environmental Planning, Repealing for the Purpose Presidential Decree 1308, titled “Law Regulating the Environmental Planning Profession in the Philippines,” and for Other Purposes.

The new Act is otherwise known as the "Environmental Planning Act of 2013."

The Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill 3138 and House Bill 4692, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 4, 2013 and February 5, 2013 respectively.

The law creates the Professional Regulatory Board of Environmental/Planning tasked to regulate the practice of environmental planning in the Philippines.

The Board shall be composed of a Chairperson and two members under the administrative control and supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission.

The chairperson and two members of the Board shall hold office for a term of three years from the date of their appointment by the President or until their successors shall have qualified and been appointed.

The Board shall prescribe and adopt the rules and regulations; supervise the registration, licensure and practice of environmental planning in the Philippines; administer oaths, issue, suspend, revoke or reinstate Certificate of Registration for the practice of environmental planning; adopt an official seal of the Board; prepare contents of licensure examination, score and rate the examination papers and submit the results thereof to the PRC, and adopt and promulgate a Code of Ethics and a Code of Technical Standards issued by the Accredited Professional Organization.

The Board shall also assist the Commission on Higher Education to ensure that all instruction and offering of environmental planning comply with the policies, standards and requirements of the course prescribed by the CHED or other authorized government offices in the areas, among others, of curriculum, faculty, library and facilities; adopt measures necessary for the enhancement of the profession; investigate officially reported violations of the Act, its rules and regulations, Code of Ethics, Code of Technical Standards, policies and measures and for this purpose issue subpoena and subpoena duces tecum to secure appearance of witnesses and submission of the documents and other pieces of evidence; seek assistance of the PRC in the conduct of the hearing or investigation of administrative cases filed before the Board; promulgate decisions on such administrative cases, discharge such other powers and duties that may affect professional, ethical and technological standards of the environmental planning profession, among others.

The law also provides for a foreign reciprocity policy which would enable foreign environmental planners to practice in the country, provided that their countries of origin provide the same privilege to Filipino environmental planners.

Violators of this law may face imprisonment of not less than six months nor more than five years or a fine of not less than P100,000 nor more than P500,000, or both, at the discretion of the court.

The chairperson of the PRC shall include in its programs the implementation of the Act, the funding of which shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Acts and thereafter.

The Board, subject to the approval of the PRC, shall prescribe, promulgate and issue the implementing rules and regulations of this Act, after consultation with the APO, other agencies and concerned private organizations within 120 days from the constitution of the Board.

The implementation of this Act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in 2 newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines.(PNA)

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