7233. SEA Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan-Philippines

The city of Manila is growing fast, and faces major challenges in environmental management. The Government of the Philippines is developing an Sustainable Development Master Plan for the Manila Bay Area. The NCEA is providing advice on the possible application of SEA to this planning process.    

Advisory reports and other documents

04 Dec 2018: Terms of reference
SEA process advice - sustainable development plan Manila Bay

Significant details

The Netherlands government supports the development of a master plan for the Manila Bay area. The expectations for this planning process to be integrated and inclusive are high, both locally and in the Netherlands. Midway through 2018, the NCEA met with the lead planning authority for this plan to explore whether Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) could add-value. Subsequently, the National Economic Development Agency (NEDA) asked the NCEA to advice in more detail how an SEA could be undertaken for the masterplan.

The NCEA put together a working group and prepared an advisory report. The report concludes that Manila Bay planning process already contains elements that are also specific to SEA. In particular: the plan aims to integrate selected sustainable development concerns, and to consult stakeholders throughout its preparation. Nonetheless, an SEA could add value to the process. SEA can play an important role in rendering decision-making more transparent and accountable. SEA can help to ensure that environmental and social impacts are carefully considered and debated, before decision options are chosen. Also, SEA methodologies can be usefully applied when designing decision alternatives, when engaging stakeholders, and when developing mechanism for plan implementation and monitoring. Consequently, the NCEA recommends commencing with an SEA for the masterplan, and the advisory report sets out how to integrate such an SEA into the masterplanning process. The NCEA presented her advisory report to the masterplan technical committee at the end of 2018.

Parties involved

Members of the working group

Expert
ms T. Burdett
mr E.S. Mercado
mr M. Smutný

Chair of the working group: ms M.W.J.A. van Gool
Technical secretary: ms B. Schijf

Further details

Country: Philippines


Last modified: 06 Feb 2019