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Any project in the Philippines that poses a potential environmental risk or impact (such as mining, agriculture projects, and construction) is required to secure an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Board (DENR-EMB).
An ECC is issued by DENR-EMB after a positive review of the project’s application. This certificate indicates that the proposed project or undertaking will not cause a significantly negative impact on the Philippine environment. The ECC contains specific measures and conditions that must be met by the project proponent before and during the operation of the project. In some cases, conditions are listed to be performed during the project’s abandonment phase to lessen identified potential environmental impacts.
An ECC also certifies that the proponent has complied with all the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) System and has committed to implement its approved environmental management plan.