The honoured men and women of region 02 together with this humble representation are moving forward for the fulfilment of our duties as well as our responsibilities for the protection of our environment vis a vis full implementation of the existing environmental laws. As we are inspired by our renewed enthusiasm, we are bound to pass on to the next generation a worth living environment.
Significantly, this page will be a tool for transparency which is guided by the norm of Good Governance geared towards the advocacy of His Excellency, President Benigno C. Aquino, “tungo sa matuwid na daan”
|Environmental Impact Assessment
The country’s statutory framework requiring Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for all projects that will affect environmental quality is embodied in Presidential Decree (PD) 1151 of 1977.
The Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System (PEISS) established through Presidential Decree 1586 in 1978 sets a systematic EIA System to ensure that the Filipino people will enjoy a “balanced and healthy ecology” in the midst of intensive economic development.
The PEISS takes its roots in the provisions of the Philippine Constitution which states that “The State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature”.
It requires Environmental Impact Statements (EIS – a Report on the EIA Results) to be submitted to the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC), now the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for review and evaluation.It further stipulates that the President or his duly authorized representative issues the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for a positive review of the EIA Report for Environmentally Critical Projects (ECP) and projects within Environmentally Critical Areas (ECA) .
Administrative Order No. 42specifies that the DENR Secretary, as alter ego of the President, has the power to grant or deny ECCs on behalf of the President and further designates the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Central and Regional Directors as approving authorities for ECC applications
The Pollution Control Division (PCD) implements the Clean Air Act (RA8749), The Clean Water Act (RA 9275), Toxic, Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act (RA 6969). As part of this implementation, the PCD monitors air and water quality and air and water pollution sources, proposes regulations to improve existing air and water quality, ensures compliance with the regulations, and issues permits to control pollution from sources of air and contaminants and water pollutants across the country.