How to Get an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) From the DENR-EMB

The ECC certificate from the DENR-EMB indicates that the proposed project or undertaking will not cause a significant negative impact on its surrounding natural environment.
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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.

DENR-EMB ECC Requirements:

  • Letter of request to DENR-EMB stating desire to receive ECC;
  • Project Description, indicating raw materials to be used and process or manufacturing technology to be implemented;
  • Estimated project capacity, type and volume of products and discharges; and
  • Proof of possession of necessary capital for proposed project:
    • Location map of project area, and
    • Manpower requirements.

How to Get an ECC Certificate:

  • Conduct Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan;
  • Submit application letter to DENR-EMB for review and subsequent site inspection;
    • Approval and ECC is issued if all requirements are satisfied and no apparent serious environmental damage shall result from the project
    • In cases where DENR-EMB finds that an ECC is not applicable, a Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC) shall be issued confirming that the proposed project is not part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and poses no environmental threat.

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