The Philippine Islands are surrounded by water. There is also a lot of great bodies of water which attract tourists. But in the cities, water bodies like rivers and creeks don’t look much like one. It looks more like a farm of water lilies or worst, a dump-site.
In the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources mandated a Clean Water Act under Republic Act 9275 in the year 2004 and took effect on May 6, 2004. Implementing Rules and Regulations of the act was approved a year after and was published under DAO 2005-10. The act was mandated to protect all water bodies in the country through abatement and control of pollution from land-based sources. The Laguna Lake Development Authority on the other hand was declared to be the national policy to promote, and accelerate the development and balanced growth of the Laguna Lake area and the surrounding provinces, cities and towns under Republic Act no. 4850.
To maintain the quality of water bodies, all establishments are required to secure a Discharge Permit from DENR, for areas outside Laguna Lake region, and from LLDA for areas around the Laguna Lake Region. The Discharge Permit shall not be issued to establishments if their waste-water effluent do not pass the standard set by law. Sample waste-water will be taken by DENR and LLDA on top of the laboratory results from an accredited water testing laboratory that is attached in the Discharge Permit application. Failure to pass the standard can lead to the closure of the establishment. Maynilad, a water service provider in Metro Manila started to put up sewage treatment plant to sanitize and treat sewers from residential areas prior to disposal.
At present, it is now serving the residents and establishments in Tondo, Sampaloc, South Manila, Malabon, Navotas, Caloocan, Project 7 and 8 in Quezon City and Magallanes Village in Makati City. Our government and even non-government organizations are working together to preserve our waters. What we need to do is to comply and be responsible enough in order for the future generation to also enjoy our bodies of water.
One of the services that Triple i Consulting offers is Discharge Permit applications and renewals. Our environmental team is happy to assist you not only in the permit application, but in consistently complying with all the applicable laws.