CIMATU EXPEDITES ECC ISSUANCEi, DELEGATES ISSUING AUTHORITY TO EMB EXECS

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has moved to fast-track the issuance of environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) by giving the authority to issue such permits back to the director and regional directors of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), a line bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

 

In DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2017-18 he issued on July 3, Cimatu suspended indefinitely a previous DAO issued in February, which limited the authority to issue ECCs for both environmentally critical projects (ECPs) and non-ECPs only to the DENR Secretary, upon recommendation of the EMB Director as concurred in by the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs.

 

"In the interest of service and in order to expedite the issuance of the ECC in regional level consistent with the directive of the President to fast track issuance of government permits and licenses, [DAO] No. 2017-04 is hereby suspended indefinitely," Cimatu's administrative order reads.

 

It will be recalled that during his first day in office last year, President Rodrigo Duterte gave marching orders to his Cabinet to cut red tape in the bureaucracy and make the entire government more responsive to the needs of the people.

 

Cimatu said the new DAO is not only in response to the President's directive, but also serves as the DENR's way of promoting the ease of doing business in the country.

 

"This is consistent with the President's directive to fast track the issuance of permits, licenses and other documents issued by government, and can also be viewed as our contribution to making the country more investor-friendly," Cimatu said.

 

The new DAO conforms to the DENR's Manual of Authorities on Technical Matters, which provides that the authority to issue environmental permits for ECPs is bestowed upon the DENR Secretary and/or the EMB Director.

 

The manual also provides that the authority to issue permits to non-ECPs within environmentally critical areas (ECAs) and certificate of non-coverage lies with the EMB Director and/or EMB regional directors.

 

ECPs refer to development projects that have high potential for significant negative environmental impact. These include heavy and resource-extractive industries, such as mining, and infrastructure projects.

 

ECAs, on the other hand, refer to national parks and sanctuaries, tourist spots, habitats of threatened wildlife species, tribal community areas, prime agricultural lands, and water bodies and other coastal and marine ecosystems.

 

An ECC is issued to certify that based on representations of the proponent, as reviewed and validated by the Environmental Impact Assessment Review Committee, the proposed project or undertaking will not cause a significant negative environmental impact.

 

It also certifies that the proponent has complied with all the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment system and is committed to implement its approved Environmental Management Plan. ###

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DENR BICOL CONDUCTS YOUTH FORUM IN CAMARINES NORTE

Youth and student leaders in the province of Camarines Norte attended the Youth Environmental Forum facilitated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V on September 26, 2018 in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Experts from the National Youth Commission (NYC), DENR, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V discussed topics on the role of youth in nation building, current state of the Philippine environment, biodiversity and sustainable tourism, geological hazards, ecological solid waste management and ecological responsibilities.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Joaquin Ed A. Guerrero in his message, challenged the youth on their contribution to help save the planet.

The forum became an avenue for the participants to interact and discuss ideas among their peers on the pressing environmental issues and their commitments toward environmental protection and conservation.

 

The DENR V recognizes the need to engage the youth on worthwhile activities and instill to the public that the conservation of the environment is a shared responsibility not just the government but the whole citizenry. (Article by: JNLoria)

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