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ENP Licensure Examinations : June 2011 (15-16 ??), MLQU, Quiapo, Manila, * date to be finalized by PRC in January 2011

Deadline for Application: the week of May 25, 2011

Requirements: Bring to PRC (application extension office Gotesco Mall along CM Recto Ave Manila) or to national office or to PRC regional office

Birth Certificate on NSO security paper, original and photocopy,

Transcript of Records, with scanned picture and words “for Board Exam Purposes Only”, original and photocopy

Diploma, original and photocopy,

Certificate of Employment from present employer; with one separate paragraph on “Good Moral Character,” good moral standing in the workplace and in the community, no record or court conviction of moral turpitude, etc.

Certificate of Planning Experience from a registered EnP (specifically someone much older than you, who has supervised you during your planning experience)


In general, Certificate of Planning Experience is not necessary for holders of ‘planning degrees’ – BS.EPM, MEP, MURP, MSRDP, MATP, MA.URP, PhD.URP


For unclear reasons, PRC still requires ‘Certificate of Planning Experience’ from holders of post-graduate degree, D.LUP and D.URP

“Certificate of Equivalency” from your alma mater, if your degree is different from those disciplines stipulated by EnP law. E.g. “human ecology is equivalent to urban planning,” “public management is equivalent to public administration,” “social studies is equivalent to sociology,” “MIS is equivalent to geographic information systems,” “rural development administration is equivalent to community development,” etc

four 2X2 pictures with white background,

fee of PhP900, non-refundable


Until the current law (PD 1308) is superseded by a new law, the following are qualified to take the EnP Licensure Exams:

~ holders of a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree in planning. ‘Planning degree’ refers to degree in environmental planning, urban and regional planning, city and regional planning, town and country planning, land use planning, regional development planning, transportation planning, etc.

~ holders of Bachelor's degree in 'allied planning

~ holders of Bachelor's degree in 'allied planning disciplines' with planning education of at least 21 academic units plus 2 years certified experience in planning;

~ ‘Allied planning professions’ are architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, sanitary engineering, geodetic engineering, geology, geography, geomatics, economics, environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental management, environmental studies, human ecology, community development, development management, development administration, development studies, Philippine studies, public administration, public management, social work, sociology, demography, and other fields subject to approval of the Board of Environmental Planning.

~ holders of Bachelor's degree in 'allied planning disciplines' without planning education but with at least 5 years of certified experience in planning.


1. Self-Review. Rely on your own class notes and accumulated materials. 40% of exam tests stored knowledge. (See further explanation in succeeding sections.)

2. You may answer Practice Questions at your own pace on your free time. However, this mode of preparing does not fully simulate the actual exam conditions with time pressure.

3. GROUP REVIEW: four-day ‘Integrative Seminar on Environmental Planning and Urban Development.’ Content-oriented not process-intensive, comprehensive, conceptual, fast- paced.

"Ecopolis_EnP" review group attained 90% passing rate in 2008, 100% passing rate in 2009, and 90% passing rate in 2010. Regular seminar fee is P6,300xx per person (for Metro Manila, P7,300 for seminars outside NCR) and includes lectures, mock test, complete CD kit, certificate, and food (lodging not included). Early bird payments made at least 24 days before seminar are given a discount of P1,300xx.

Payments whether cash deposit, bank transfer from any bank to PNB, manager’s check, or postal
Payments whether cash deposit, bank transfer from any bank to PNB, manager’s check, or
postal money order should be made to “Ecopolis Environmental Consulting Services,” Account
Number 454-970-1000-14, Philippine National Bank, Kalayaan Ave QMC, Diliman, Quezon City.
April 8-11. 2011 NISMED UP Diliman, Quezon City.
• Separate arrangement for lodging of province-based participants at NISMED: Tel. (02)
928-2621 to 24.
April 30-May 3, 2011 National Ecology Center, in front of Philippine Heart Center and
PLDT, East Ave, Quezon City
• Separate arrangement for lodging of province-based participants at Dormitory of
Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Elliptical Road cor Visayas Ave, Quezon City:
Tel. (02)920-4317, contact Ms Salvacion Cas 09195525631

Required Number of Participants for other Seminars outside Metro Manila:

Metro Cebu (at least 50 persons to push through, as per PRC minimum to conduct regional exam) -- email ""

Metro Davao (at least 50 persons to push through, as per PRC minimum to conduct regional exam) -- email ""


REMINDERS FOR YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS Apply early! Don’t wait until the last minute. Queues at

Apply early! Don’t wait until the last minute. Queues at PRC are usually very long in May because of applicants for nursing, education, architecture, & forestry board exams in June.

Your papers are accepted by a PRC clerk and then processed by a set of PRC employees. Disapproval of exam application may come at this level.

Applicants at PRC regional offices and from the provinces should give enough time for bureaucratic delays in the transmittal of documents to Manila. There’s always lag time! Factor in plenty of time to follow-up. For mails, use courier services, LBC, etc instead of regular Post Office.

Follow-up frequently by calling – you might wait for a letter of approval or denial which might not be mailed on time.

Key BEP clerk receiving documents: Mr Jun Torres, Tel.314-0027. Fax 314-0024

In case of disapproval at PRC screening level, your application papers will only be forwarded to the Board of Environmental Planning after a written appeal is made by you.

You may ask Board in writing for a conditional permit to take exam while you are completing additional requirements.

Address your communications: “BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING, Professional Regulation Commission, Morayta, Manila” Tel. 314-0027 Fax 314-0024 BEP Chairperson, ""


Think positive that you can pass – so that your mind can expand capacity and absorb as much information as possible.

Read and re-read. Visual and sound familiarity with words will work in a Multiple Choice Exam. Study a bit each day over a long period of time. At least 100 total hours is needed (as per manuals of AICP – USA).

“Read with pleasure, not with pressure. Read as if everything is a delight, as if everything surprises you.” The emotions that accompany your reading will help you remember the content. The information will gradually enter your sub-conscious and long- term memory (LTM), even if your short-term memory (STM) will lose it in a day or two. Trust yourself and trust your mind that it will deliver when you need it to work.

Never study on the night before exams. Be sure to calm your mind. When your mind is relaxed, it is easiest to retrieve the information that you need. In the vernacular, papahingain mo ang iyong isipan para mabigyan mo siya ng buelo sa araw ng pagsusulit. Huwag mo siyang pagurin 24 oras bago ang eksaminasyon.

• As ‘integrator’ & ‘enabler,’ a planner is a

As ‘integrator’ & ‘enabler,’ a planner is a ‘Generalist,’ not a medical sub-sub-specialist. “Better to know a little about a lot of subjects than a lot of detail about a few topics!”

The comprehensive content coverage can be overwhelming. It is even tougher if you are in a crunch. So do not cram!!! You are not taking a high school quiz.

Don’t let terms trip you up. Study definitions of key terms.

Study in whatever way has worked for you in the past -- write outlines, mnemonic devices, flash cards, etc. Your notes from previous planning classes are always helpful.

Talk to previous exam passers.

Join study group of others preparing for the exam. E-mail partners for exchange of digital or electronic materials.

Don’t spend too much resources on photocopying. Prioritize PRC bibliography if you have to photocopy.

Few days before exam, be rested and well-fed, exercise to relax, have a good massage!

On exam day, arrive early at venue. "Case the room," as the detectives would say. Give yourself time to settle your nerves. Dress comfortably (PRC usually requires white shirt/top to distinguish examinees from companions/visitors).

Bring non-programmable calculator, several lead pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser.

On exam day, eat just right – not too much food nor too much liquid that will make you go to the CR frequently.

Bring survival kit – snacks, energy bar or energy drink, some water, tylenol, advil, ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea, tissue paper.


Focus on what you must do. Others in exam room may have their own agenda; shifting your attention robs you of precious time.

Exam tests stored knowledge (40%) and skills (60%) Pace yourself well. About 40% are easy stand-alone questions which you can answer in 10 seconds average. 60% of questions you can answer in 74 seconds average.

Quickly go through each question but do not skim. Identify main idea and understand the intention of the text. Determine what is being asked – scope? details? Inference? judgment?

For long narratives or scenario questions with complex multiple parts, read the choices first.

Watch out for negative questions. Watch out for “weasel words” (most, least, best, worst, unless, except, but, although, despite, inspite of)

Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly. If you have enough time, do math answers twice.

• Keep in mind that it is a national exam. Do not

Keep in mind that it is a national exam. Do not concentrate on how things might be done or expressed in your particular locality. Adopt the national perspective of broad principles and Standard Operating Procedures rather than “how we do it at my place.”

If you can’t decide which answer to choose, mark the question so that you can go back to it later on. Write number on separate scratch paper, annotating the question and its choices with key words that can lead you to the heart of your indecision. Go back to these difficult questions when you have the time. So as not to waste time, proceed to the next questions.

Narrow down the choices to improve probability of guessing. In dire situations, make a guess through a process of elimination (you always have 25% chance of being correct)

Resort to Common Sense. “What is more consistent, more logical for most people?”

Avoid the dreaded Dopeler effect! Dopeler effect is the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. Stupid ideas are sometimes presented in exam to trick you.


Exam correction is computerized and results are published within one or two days after end of exams in major broadsheets such as Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, and at their respective websites.


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Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) Guidelines for the Formulation/Revision of Comprehensive Land Use Plan 1997 (10 volumes) National Urban Development and Housing Framework (1993-1998, 2009-2016) Town Planning Guidelines (10 volumes) Interagency Committee on Local Planning Program. Guidelines for the Formulation of Provincial Physical Framework Plan (1991) Kaiser, Edward J., David R. Godschalk, F. Stuart Chapin Jr. Urban Land Use Planning (1995), 4th ed. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press Livermash, R (ed). Valuing the Global Environment: Actions and Investment for 21st Century (1998)

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1. RA 7160 – Local Government Code of 1991 (Plan 210 and 203)
2. HLURB Manual Volume I -- CLUP Process (Plan 210.1 – planning workshop)
3. HLURB Manual Volume II – Sectoral Studies (Plan 210.1)
4. Ernesto M. Serote Jr, DILG Rationalized Planning System (Plan 203)
5. Ernesto M. Serote Jr., Property, Patrimony and Territory, 2004 (Plan 203)
6. Kevin Andrew Lynch, Image of the City , 1961 (Plan 231)
7. Ian L. McHarg, Design with Nature, 1967 (Plan 203)
8. National Framework for Physical Planning 2001-2030
9. Batas Pambansa 220 Socialized Housing particularly Implementing Rules and Regulations
10. PD 957 Subdivision and Condominium Buyers Protection Law on Open Market Housing
11. Dolores Endriga, Elum, Yap and Alcalde, The Language of Environmental Planning in the
Philippines, 2004 (Plan 201)
12. RA 7718 -- BOT Law and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (Plan 205)
13. RA 9184 – Government Procurement Reform of 2002
14. United Nations Millennium Development Goals 2000-2015
15. Anne Beers, Environmental Planning (Plan 231)
16. Francis Stuart Chapin Jr., Urban Land Use Planning (Plan 203)



AICP - General Reference and Ethics

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AICP - History, Theory and Law

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AICP - Plan-Making and Plan Implementation

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