Environmental BlogEnvironmental Considerations Amidst Economic Development

August 30, 2013

The environmental aspect is a very important consideration to human beings and their living counterparts in Nature— in the context of the push for economic development happening in our world today. It has been said that the natural world can survive without the presence of the human element, as the processes in Nature have the capability of healing and rejuvenating itself.  On the other hand, human processes and activities— most of the business and industrial endeavors that we know— tend to leave the Environment on the worse end than before: wastes are generated; and land, water, and air resources are left polluted, if not totally depleted. Human sustenance and survival is thus put in question.

It is very alarming that while we focus on economic development to sustain the growing demands of the human population, we neglect to consider the long-term consequences of our human activities to the environment— on which our very survival as human beings depends. Business and industrial activities are encouraged to generate employment and revenue opportunities— but at the cost of environmental damage and degradation.

To address and mitigate the possible environmental issues that go with unregulated economic activities, the Philippine government has passed different environmental laws and policies. One of these laws is the Presidential Decree 1586 (PD 1586), or the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) System. The PEIS system aims to help attain a state of sustainability (or that of attending to the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meeting their own needs) in tandem with the desired economic growth and development for the country.

PD 1586 requires all project activities with potential impacts to the environment to undergo Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prior to actual implementation or construction of said projects.  The EIA report must contain the anticipated significant impacts of the project to the environment and proper mitigation measures to minimize the impact if activity with impact cannot be avoided. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the local regulatory body which issues the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) or Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC)— the ultimate compliance document which is the goal for projects undergoing the EIA process.

Triple i Consulting Inc., being the only ISO-certified management consulting in the Philippines, has a group of environmental consultants that can serve your company’s needs regarding EIA matters, such as EIA process implementation and completion, and application for ECC or CNC.

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