Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV has lauded the signing of the law regulating the environmental planning profession, saying this will lay the groundwork for sustainable development in the country.
President Benigno S. Aquino III signed on May 27, 2013 the Environmental Planning Act of 2013 or Republic Act 10587, which replaces the 34-year-old Presidential Decree No. 1308 that will regulate the practice of this discipline in the country.
“We are thankful to the President for signing this law. It will not only modernize the profession of environmental planning in the country, but it will also lay the groundwork for the country’s sustainable development,” said Trillanes, principal sponsor of the Senate version.
RA 10587 provides for a more comprehensive definition of the practice of environmental planning, which now refers to the “multi-disciplinary art and science of analyzing, specifying, clarifying, harmonizing, managing and regulating the use and development of land and water resources, in relation to their environs, for the development of sustainable communities and ecosystems.”
The new law also updates the regulation on the registration, licensing and practice of the profession in order to “promote and maintain technically competent and responsible professional environmental planners whose standards of practice and service are globally competitive,” Trillanes added.
The law also imposes mandatory continuing professional education for environmental planners to ensure that practitioners remain globally competitive and abreast with recent developments in the field. #