UPD tops June 2018 Environmental Planner Licensure Examination (EPLE)

(JUNE 26) Seven alumni of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) landed in the top 10 of the June 2018 Environmental Planner Licensure Examination (EnPLE).

Amillah S. Rodil notched the top spot with a grade of 83.05 percent. She was followed by Alvin F. Veron (82.00%), Rio C. Yonson (3rd, 81.55%) and Ace G. Ligsay (4th, 81.40%). The other UPD alumni who made it to top 10 were Maja Cielo H. Jose (6th, 81.25%), Gemeniano B. Crisante Jr. (7th, 81.15%) and Weslene Irish Uy (8th, 80.95%).

The other topnotchers are from Southwestern University, Saint Louis University, UP Los Baños (UPLB) and Bicol University-Legazpi.

UPD was also the top performing school with 127 of its 148 examinees passing the EnPLE for a passing rate of 85.81 percent, followed by UPLB with 115 of its 139 examinees passing the examination (82.73%). The top performing schools have 50 or more examinees and with at least 80 percent passing percentage.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 1,891 passed the EnPLE out of 4,729 examinees for a national passing rate of 39.99 percent. This was slightly lower than last year’s 42.50 percent. This year’s examinees came from 582 schools compared to last year’s 332 schools. The past five years saw a steady increase of examinees from 138 in June 2013 to 1,739 in June 2017.

Environmental planning (EnP), according to Republic Art (RA) 10587 or the Environmental Planning Act of 2013, is “also known as urban and regional planning, city planning, town and country planning, and/or human settlements planning,” and “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.”

According to the Act, the EnPLE can be taken by a Filipino or foreigner whose country or state has a policy on reciprocity in the practice of the profession; a holder of any of the following degrees from accredited institutions (a graduate in EnP or its equivalent; a post-graduate diploma in EnP or its equivalent and with at least one year of on-the-job training (OJT); a bachelor’s degree in EnP or its equivalent and with at least two years of OJT; a masters or doctorate degree in either architecture, engineering, economics and other related disciplines acceptable by the Board of Environmental Planning (BEnP) and with at least three years of OJT; and a bachelor’s degree in either architecture, engineering, economics, public administration and other related disciplines acceptable by the BEnP and with at least five years of OJT); an incumbent holder of planning positions in government offices or agencies who is also a holder of professional civil service eligibility and has undergone at least 80 hours of in-service training or distance learning in developmental planning from recognized institutions; of good moral character; and not convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude by a court of competent jurisdiction.

RA 10587 is the latest updated law governing the profession which was first regulated through Presidential Decree No. 1308 or the “Law Regulating the Practice of Environmental Planning in the Philippines” signed by former Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos in Mar. 2, 1978 through the work of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) which was established in 1969.

The 2018 EnPLE was administered by the BEnP on June 6 and 7 in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban and Zamboanga.

For a complete detail of the June 2018 EnPLE result, visit http://www.prc.gov.ph/article/june-2018-environmental-planner-licensure-examination-results-released-three-3-working-days.