November 8 – 9, 2017
Seda Vertis North, Quezon City


2017 PIEP Natcon Theme:

Sustainable Cities and Communities for the Urban Century

This theme highlights the nation’s need for sound urban planning that balances considerations for socio-political, cultural, economic, and environmental issues contributing to a more sustainable development.

the organizer:

Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners

The PIEP is the national professional organization of licensed environmental planners. The non-profit organization is mandated to promote and ensure the professional development of planners in the Philippines, and pursue related policies and advocacies on sustainable development.

the co-presenter:

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP has been working to improving the lives of the Filipino people since 1965, and has been committed to helping the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as national development priorities as set out in the Philippine Development Plan. (Source:


The 26th PIEP National Convention aims to raise awareness on the imperative value of environmental urban planning
to a broader spectrum of decision-makers, from local to national governance perspectives.

Day 0

Business Meetings

Day 1

Plenary Sessions
General Membership Meeting
Fellowship Night

Day 2

Post – Event Tour


Module 1

Sustainable Integrated Rural-Urban Economic Planning

This module explores the application of environmental and economic planning that employs sustainable development concepts and approaches in both rural and urban communities, focusing on key topics:

CPD 1 – Public Open Space for Philippine Cities (EnP Julia Nebrija, DBM )
CPD 2 – Adoption of the National Tourism Development Plan for Bohol (EnP John Titus Vistal, PPDO, Bohol)
CPD 3 – Strategic Tourism Planning (EnP Karima Patricia V. Palafox)
CPD 4 – Urban Climate Change Resilient Trust Fund (EnP Joy Amor Bailey, Urban Resilience Specialist, ADB)

Module 2

Socio-Spatial Planning

The Socio-Spatial Planning Module presents relevant information that helps in understanding the human factor in spatial planning. How spatial transformations affect different groups of people that propels them to either accept, contest, or reject these changes and how they take the lead in shaping their own environment.

CPD 5 – Parks and Public Open Spaces (PPOS): Planning Guidelines for LGUs (Ar/EnP Nathaniel von Einsedel, fpiep)
CPD 6 – Mining Issues, Lessons Learned from Nueva Vizcaya (EnP Edgardo Sabado, Director – PPDO, Nueva Vizcaya)
CPD 7 – Housing Diversity (Ar/EnP Maria Jorquesa A. Hakcholna)

Module 3

Post-crisis Management and Conflict Planning

A series of talks on systemic principles and methodologies in conflict planning and post-crisis management. It discusses the changing features of urban development trends and their economic and environmental impact on local communities when conflicts or crises arise, whether through man-made or natural causes. It highlights relevant aspects of the still-ongoing Marawi conflict and the Marawi Task Force; post-crisis management exemplified by the development after the Zamboanga Siege of 2013; and the National Security Plan.

CPD 8 – Geospatial Data Usability and Quick Tools for Geospatial Analysis (EnP David Garcia)
CPD 9 – Marawi Task Force for Housing (EnP Avelino Tolentino III, Deputy Secretary General, HUDCC)
CPD 10– Development after Zamboanga Siege (EnP Rodrigo S. Sicat, City Planning and Development Coordinator, Zamboanga City)
CPD 11 – Marawi Rehabilitation Master Plan (Ar/EnP Ma. Theresa L. Quimpo, PIEP President)


Post Event Tour

On November 9, PIEP NatCon 2017 participants will take a tour of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Green Building, the first government green building in the country that was awarded a 3-star building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence or BERDE rating by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC). The tour will culminate in tiangge or mall shopping.

The tour includes morning snacks, lunch, and afternoon snacks.

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Acquire knowledge at the Convention

Connect with over top-rated environmental planners from government and private sectors and hear their future visions, goals and challenges to make our cities and municipalities safer, more liveable and sustainable.

Network with the right people

Organized by one of the longest running and biggest environmental planning institutions in Asia, the 26th PIEP NatCon connects national and local stakeholders.
Around 500 people are expected to attend the 26th PIEP NatCon. Form valuable links with key decision makers at the business session.

Discover innovations at the Exhibition Area

Explore urban and rural development projects and the technologies applied that are making a difference to people’s lives.


MODULE 1: Sustainable Integrated Rural-Urban Economic Planning

EnP Julia Nebrija
Public Open Space for 143 Cities

Julia Nebrija is an urban planner with a passion in making cities livable and lovable. Her work spans the grid from community organizations to international agencies, and government projects aimed at developing sustainable solutions to urban challenges. For inspiration, Julia rides her bike around the streets of Metro Manila, exploring the Pasig River, and collaborates with creatives in grassroots movements in historic Manila.

Karima Patricia V. Palafox, MRTPI, EnP
Planning for Tourism

Ms. Karima Palafox is the immediate Vice-President and Chair of Conventions of the PIEP. She is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in the United Kingdom, and Founding Director of the Palafox Architecture Group. A leader in city planning, urban design, and real estate, Karima’s wealth of experience spans across comprehensive development plans; land use and zoning; and place-making initiatives of islands, cities, rural communities, and provincial regions.

EnP John Titus Vistal
Adoption of the National Tourism Development Plan for Bohol

Atty. John Titus Vistal is an Environmental Planner, a lawyer, and a Certified Public Accountant. As an Environmental Planner, his professional experience took him from the Provincial Planning and Development Office of Bohol as Planning Officer and Development Administration Sector Head, to the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator of PPDC, and more recently, in an acting capacity, as Secretary-General Designate of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). He will be sharing his perceptive knowledge on the Adoption of the National Tourism Development Plan for Bohol.

EnP. Joy Amor Bailey
Urban Climate Change Resilient Trust Fund

EnP. Joy Amor Bailey is affiliated with the Asian Development Bank’s Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (URF) as an Urban Resilience Specialist. Prior to that she has worked in South and Southeast Asia for sustainable urban development while with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, USAID, Clean Air Asia, German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA). She earned her graduate degrees from the University of the Philippines and Oxford University, and became a licensed urban planner in 2011 at the prodding of her mother, EnP Erlinda Bailey.

MODULE 2: Socio-Spatial Planning

Dr. Nathaniel A. Von Einsiedel, FPIEP
PPOS-Landscape Guidelines for LGUs

Dr. Nathaniel Von Einsiedel an Urban Planner and Architect, is the Chairman and Principal Urban Planner of CONCEP, Inc. (Consultants for Comprehensive Environmental Planning, Inc.), as well as an Urban Management Specialist accredited with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He has over 30 years of experience in urban development planning and management in both government and private sectors, as well as in technical assistance programs in developing countries.

EnP Edgardo Sabado, CE, MPA
Mining Issues, Lessons Learned from Nueva Vizcaya

EnP Edgardo Sabado is a Civil Engineer, Environmental Planner, Urban and Regional Planner. As the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator of Nueva Vizcaya, his work involves urban and regional planning; preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); project development and management; the Integrated Water Resource Management and River Basin Management; planning for Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Local Climate Action Plan; Pollution Control; and Organizational Development.

Ar/EnP Maria Jorquesa A. Hakcholna
Housing Diversity

Maria Jorquesa Alajandro Hakcholna is an Architect and Environmental Planner, and presently an Academe at the University of the Cordilleras and Saint Louis University. Her professional focus involves Environmental Assessment and Strategies, Housing and Commercial Design, Green Architecture, Building Fire Protection, Urban Planning, and Construction.

MODULE 3: Post-Crisis Management and Conflict Planning

EnP. David Garcia
Geospatial Data Usability and Quick Tools for Geospatial Analysis

David Garcia is an independent Mapmaker who works on critical, computational, and creative cartographies. He specializes in geography, urban planning, and geospatial analysis, with a degree in BS Geography from the University of the Philippines, and member of the UP Geographic Society; a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines; and a Master’s Degree on Geospatial Analysis from the University College of London.

EnP Avelino D. Tolentino III
Marawi Task Force for Housing

Environmental Planner Avelino D. Tolentino III is a lawyer and environmental planner. He carries out policy-making, legislative liaison, litigation, conducts seminars and community dialogues, and forges partnerships with international organizations and local governments as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council’s (HUDCC’s) current Director of Policy Development, Legislation and Special Projects Group since 2013, and before that, the Director of Legal Services and Anti-Squatting Group from 2009-2013.

EnP Rodrigo S. Sicat
Development After The Zamboanga Siege

Rodrigo Sicat is a civil engineer, geodetic engineer, environmental planner, and holds a Master’s Degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, cum laude from the Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is currently the City Planning and Development Coordinator of the Local Government of Zamboanga City, and leads the updating of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Comprehensive Development Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

Ar/EnP Ma. Theresa L. Quimpo
Marawi Master Plan

Maria Theresa “Mia” Quimpo, is an architect, urban planner, and academe, with over twenty years’ experience in the private and public sectors. She has been involved in a wide range of land use studies, master planning, and consultancy projects in the Philippines, including the preparation of Comprehensive Land Use Plans. Her expertise specializes in the preparation of master plans for urban development and has worked for major developers in the country.

Have a peek at last year’s snippets of power talks and activities that create
a lasting impact to participants at the PIEP NatCon 2016. Watch it here:


  • National Rural and Urban Planning Consultants,
  • Local Government Rural and Urban Planning Consultants
  • Provincial Administrators
  • City Administrators
  • Municipality Administrators
  • Provincial Planning Development Officers
  • City Planning Development Officers
  • Municipality Planning Development Officers
  • Municipality Planning Development Officers
  • Park Development Officers
  • Housing and Urban Development Officers
  • Disaster Risk and Reduction Officers
  • Market Development Officers
  • Housing, Community Development and Resettlement Officers
  • Tourism Planning and Development Officers
  • Land Developers – Residential, Commercial, Office Spaces
  • College and University Professors of Environmental Planning
  • Students of Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Planners
  • Development Executives connected but not limited to the following industries:
    • Airport/Port Developers • Road/Rail Developers • Electric • Water • Mining


Reach a National Audience

Organized by one of the longest running and biggest environmental planning institutions in Asia, the 26th PIEP NatCon connects national and local stakeholders. it’s the perfect marketplace to grow and thrive in the support of the development of our cities and municipalities.

Acquire expert knowledge.

Ten outstanding environmental planners will share best practices in environmental planning and their outlook about the future of environmental planning in the country. Likewise, the post-event tour will provide short but ample learning experience.

Forge new partnerships and collaborations

Take advantage of the business session to network. Meet with key decision makers to cultivate business relationships and new prospects.



Member’s Early Bird Rate:

P4,500.00 (valid until October 13, 2017)

Member’s/Non-Member’s Regular Rate: 

P 6,000.00 (valid until October 27, 2017)

Inclusions: Conference  Kit, Lunch, Certificate of Participation and Day 2 Tour

Note: Rates are inclusive of VAT

Payment Instructions


Account Name: Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, Inc.
Checking Account No: 3370-0029- 07

3.1 Upload the photo of your deposit slip.
3.2 Indicate if you will be joining the Tour.
3.3 Submit Form.

PIEP Secretariat will contact you once the registration is processed. The official receipt will be given at the event.


Special Rate for delegates at SEDA

Seda Vertis North
Deluxe Room P 4,200.00
Club Room P 5,326.00

Address: Astra Corner Lux Drives, Vertis North
Distance to the venue: 0 km.
Contact Number: (02) 7398888

Hotel Metro Uno
Single Queen Studio P 1,603.00
Superior Twin Studio P 1,603.00

Address: 89 Rd 1, Proj. 6, Quezon City
Distance to the venue: 1.7 km. (10 min.)
Contact Number: 09178099482

Icon Hotel North EDSA
Premium Room P 1,473.00
Deluxe Room P 1,607.00

Address: 967 EDSA corner West Avenue, Barangay Philam, Quezon Cit
Distance to the venue: 1 km. (5 min.)
Contact Number: (02) 7094331

Contemporary Hotel
Deluxe Room P 1,719.00
Premium Room P 1,984.00

Address: 8 Gregorio Araneta Ave., Brgy. Dona Imelda, Quezon City
Distance to the venue: 7.3 km. (25 min.)
Contact Number: (02) 7168262

1. Above rates are for reference only. Accommodation is on delegate personal account. Please call hotel for reservations.
2. Rates are per room per night. Maximum of 2 persons are allowed in a room.
3. Rates are exclusive of taxes and fees.

For condominium rentals, please check Rates range from P 700. 00 – P 1,500.00 for a single or double occupancy.


Distance From Manila Domestic Airport (one –way): 18.4 km.
Estimated Travel Time: 1 hr. – 2 hrs.
Estimated Fare: P 300.00 – P 600.00


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