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Following months of survey and inspection, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has identified 70 structures in Siargao Island that are without environmental compliance certificate (ECC).
The said establishments were immediately issued with a notice of violation and were ordered to pay a penalty of up to P50,000.
“Ipinatawag natin ang mga proponent to attend a technical conference para ma-discuss doon how to resolve those violations so all of them are committed na to secure an ECC, to apply an ECC,” explained Engr. Albert Arcamo, the regional director of EMB Region 13.
The EMB expects establishment owners of non-compliant structures to comply with the needed requirement by the end of this month.
In case they fail to resolve issues on schedule, the EMB warned that the structures will be closed.
“Kung nag operate pa rin sila na binigyan na sila ng time to secure an ECC and also to correct their violation but if we found out na wala pa rin so that will be the time na we will recommend for issuance of cease and decease order for the establishment,” Arcamo said.
Arcamo said applying for an ECC can be done online which makes it easier for establishment owners to accomplish such requirement.
“Kasi naka online na tayo ngayon. Mag-submit sila doon ng application. Doon sa application nila nakasaad na doon kung anong klase ang projects nila kung major or minor projects ba, kung malalaking project,” Arcamo said.
” May establish tayo ng review committee, magre-review doon sa project application nila. After that magkakaroon ng public scoping,” the environment official said.
The EMB clarified that commercial structures need to adhere to environmental laws to be able to operate legally. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octobre)