Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Environmental Planning Law upgrades qualification of standards for planners in government service

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Manila, January 7, 2015 --- Recognizing the importance of environmental planning in nation building and development, the Professional Regulatory Board of Environmental Planning reiterates the provisions of the newly adopted "Environmental Planning Act of 2013" (R.A. No. 10587) in the appointment of positions requiring the knowledge, skills, competence and qualifications of registered and licensed environmental planners. 

According to Board of Environmental Planning Resolution No. 03 series of 2014, Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 10587, the Civil Service Commission shall set the qualification standards for environmental planners at various levels in government service, including government-owned and controlled corporations and other entities. After the lapse of five (5) years from the effectivity of the new law, only registered and licensed environmental planners shall be appointed to the position of heads and assistant heads of groups, departments, divisions in government offices, agencies, bureaus or instrumentalities including government-owned and controlled corporations, provinces, cities and municipalities, and other positions requiring the knowledge, skills, competence and qualifications of registered and licensed environmental planners. 

"Appointments made in violation of the R.A. 10587 and its IRR shall be considered null and void", the Board said. 

Moreover, the Board of Environmental Planning reiterates the prescribed period of three (3) years from the effectivity of R.A. 10587 to local government units who may continue to issue appointments to persons who are not registered and licensed environmental planners for the positions of national or local planning and development coordinators, or chiefs of local planning and development offices, only on a temporary status or acting capacity.

Source : prc.gov.ph
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