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What You Need to Know about the Philippines Environmental Planning (EnP) Board Exam (June 2020 Update!)

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June is the month of the Environmental Planning Board exam!

Aspiring examinees may have many questions about the Environmental Planning Board Exam.

Takers of the EnP board exam starting 2020 2021 are required at least a one-year post-graduate course in environmental planning (Republic Act 10587).

Update (06/26/20): The Professional Regulation Commission has postponed the 2020 Environmental Planning Board Exam to the year 2021.

#FactFriday Over the past 10 years, an average of 51% of takers of the Environmental Planning Board Exam passed…

Posted by EnP Marion Micah Tinio on Thursday, June 4, 2020

Passing the EnP board exam becomes especially critical for local government officials and employees.

Those in positions relevant to planning local governments will have their “appointments…considered null and void” if they are not registered and licensed environmental planners.

This isunless they have been appointed as heads of local planning offices on permanent status before the enactment of the law, as per CSC MC No. 10 s. 2017.

Start your review for the Environmental Planning Board Exam ASAP!

Important Dates to Remember about the Environmental Planning Board Exam

Update (06/26/20): The Professional Regulation Commission has postponed the 2020 Environmental Planning Board Exam to the year 2021.

Update (06/17/20): The 2020 Environmental Planning Board Exam has no new board exam date yet!

[PRC BOARD EXAMS: NEW SCHEDULE IN 2020]Take note of the *NEW* rescheduled dates of the following licensure exams that…

Posted by PRC Gov Board Exam Results on Friday, May 8, 2020
Exam DatesJune 11 and 12, 2020 (Thursday and Friday)
Opening of Online ProcessingMarch 13, 2020
Deadline in FilingMay 12, 2020

Visit the PRC website for more updates.

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Academic Requirements for Taking the Environmental Planning (EnP) Board Exam

Aspiring examinees of the EnP Board Exam starting 2020 2021 are required to have at least a One-Year Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Environmental Planning.

This is aligned with Section 18 of RA 10587, the Environmental Planning Act of 2013, which mandated the acceptance of non-holders of planning degrees to take the EnP Board Exam until October 2, 2019 only (as reinforced by PRBEP Resolution 1, s. 2019). These include:

  • (1) graduates of allied disciplines with specific years of on-the-job training a five-year period, and,
  • (2) incumbent holders of planning positions,

Effective after October 2, 2019, starting with the 2020 EnP Board Exam, only holders of “the following degrees from schools, colleges or universities duly recognized and accredited by the CHED ” can apply for the Environmental Planning board exam.

(1) A graduate in environmental planning, urban/city and regional planning, or town and country planning or its equivalent;

(2) A Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, city and regional planning or its equivalent, and with at least one (1) year of on-the-job training as required herein;

(3) A Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Planning, city planning or urban and regional planning, or town and country planning, or its equivalent, and with two (2) years of on-the-job training as required herein;

Section 18 (b) of RA 10587

In a letter dated 9 August 2019 posted on the private group Environmental Planner.PH, the PRC Board of Environmental Planning stated its implementation of Section 18.

In the letter, the Board expresses that while it “sympathize(s) with all the concerned examinees, (the Board is) constrained by laws and PRC policies.”

A position paper submitted 11 September 2019 by petitioners Rodrigo Martin and Rochel Gerance seeks that the PRC allow unsuccessful examinees of the 2019 EnP Board Exam to retake the 2020 EnP Board Exam , using a 2017 resolution by the Professional Regulatory Board of Real Estate Services.

In short, unless the PRC commissioners concur with the petitioners, the 2020 EnP Board Exam will not be available to non-degree holders of the above courses.

Update (06/17/20): The petition to allow unsuccessful examinees of the 2019 EnP Board Exam to retake the 2020 EnP Board Exam has been DENIED.

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Where to enroll courses for the Environmental Planning Board Exam?

The Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning of UP Los Banos shares a list of college and universities that offer courses qualified for taking the Environmental Planning Board Exam.

Updated list!

Posted by Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning on Monday, November 4, 2019

I also linked relevant pages and files for each academic institution.

In my opinion, incumbent local government planners will benefit from enrolling at the Diploma in Land Use Planning program of the UP Open University.

The DLUP program is primarily delivered online, can be completed in three semesters (with a full load of twelve units per semester), and prioritizes Local Planning and Development Coordinators.

EnP Cuyco details his experience in completing the DLUP program.

The “Urban Planning Workshop” course of the program may be the only concern for local government planners, as it “involves face-to-face meetings.”

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Procedure for Application to take the EnP Board Exam

Update (06/26/20): The Professional Regulation Commission has postponed the 2020 Environmental Planning Board Exam to the year 2021.

Begin your application through the PRC Licensure Examination and Registration Information System (https://online.prc.gov.ph/)..

The PRC website also lists the requirements for application. For Filipino applicants, I duplicate the list below.

  • NSO / PSA Birth Certificate
  • NSO / PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  • Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes” (First Timer & Repeater)
  • College Diploma
  • Valid NBI Clearance (First Timers & Repeaters)
  • One (1) Certificate of Good Moral Character from any of the following: Barangay, Church, School, Employer
  • OJT Certificate or in Service-Training signed by the applicant’s immediate supervisor
  • Certificate of Professional Civil Service Eligibility (for incumbent government planners only)
  • Payment of P900.00

A tricky requirement is the OJT Certificate, which some applicants deem as necessarily “under a registered and licensed environmental planner.”

It should be noted that the latter part states “or the applicant’s immediate supervisor in an agency or organization acceptable to the Board, which is engaged or involved in environmental planning functions or programs.

In short, the signatory of the OJT Certificate is not necessarily a licensed environmental planner, but can be your immediate supervisor, as long as your organization is acceptable to the PRC Board of Environmental Planning.

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Tips for Passing the EnP Board Examination

Lets’s begin with the end in mind!

You take the exam to pass it and become a Licensed Environmental Planner!

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I already have three posts that discuss my 2018 EnP Board Exam experience, but I know how much passing means to you, so I will add some more tips!

Section 17 of RA 10587 states that the EnP board exam shall include, but not be limited to:

  • History, concepts, theories and principles of environmental planning;
  • Environmental planning process, methods/techniques and strategies; and
  • Environmental plan implementation, legal aspects and administration

According to Section 16 of RA 10587, to pass the exam, you must “obtain a weighted average of not less than seventy per centum (70%) and a rating of not less than fifty per centum (50%) in any examination subject.”

Translation: Passing the EnP Board Exam is not just about knowing theory of environmental planning or about being in the local government for a number of years.

Successful self-review increases your ability to pass the exam!

The second part of the statement, “a rating of not less than 50% in any examination subject,” can be a kicker for you if your review focused on only one subject area.

Environmental planners are expected to be generalists, able to facilitate coordination among sectors of society, so the EnP Board Exam covers a wide range of subject areas.

Many planners are generalists, with a broad range of knowledge about the impacts of physical development. Good planning involves a great deal of coordination among experts from various fields and agencies. Generalist planners help to facilitate this coordination.

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Why a Review Plan is Important (Plus Examples)

Section 17 continues that ” subject areas and syllabi may be revised as the need arises to conform to changes and new developments brought about by trends in the practice of environmental planning.”

When I took (and thankfully passed!) the 2018 EnP Board Exam, most of the questions were about,

One of my regrets when I took the 2018 EnP board exam was focusing on piecemeal planning guides and laws.

Give the DILG Website a visit for all primary references in local planning and implementation, including the following “Planning Bibles“.

Read: Frequently Asked Questions about Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) in the Philippines

The holy grail of tips and resources for the Environmental Planning Board Exam is EnP Jean Palma’s website, which I also include in my own list of tips and resources for taking the EnP Board Exam.

Many EnP Board Exam review centers also host Facebook groups. I list a few groups where I am a member below.

I also found the EnP Environmental Planner Ultimate Review app on Google Play, which has a rating of 4.7 in 74 reviews and was updated on 5 June 2019.

Your review will be more advantageous with a review plan visible in your study area.

In making your review plan, the first step is to read your exam permit for any updates on subject areas.

It is also important to allot much time in reviewing the fundamental references, and then work your way towards updates, amendments and specialized questions.

EnP Rodel Cuyco shares his one-year review plan for passing the 2017 EnP Board Exam.

I also constructed a review plan template to help you have a successful self- review!

Of course, reviewing subject matter is only part of preparation for the EnP Board Exam.

You may be in an office job for long! If this is the case, allot days in your review plan for training in answering exams, particularly multiple choice questions.

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This Technique will Jumpstart your Successful Self-Review!

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Are you ready?

The EnP Board Exam requires higher academic credentials for “excellent, world-class and globally competitive (Section 2, RA 10587)” professional environmental planners.

Read: 4 Urban Planning Themes from the book Happy City!

Becoming a Licensed Environmental Planner was a dream that God granted me in 2018. I hope you live your dream too!

Complete an accredited course.

Apply for the exam.

Start reviewing, whether by yourself or in an organized review course).

Take and pass the exam.

Help local governments in the Philippines become sustainable.

The days will pass quickly so act now!

Start your review for the Environmental Planning Board Exam ASAP!

Questions about environmental planning?

Successful self-review increases your ability to pass the exam!

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