There are so many environmental laws to comply with. You might ask if these are being checked and monitored in the first place. If not, why should you care to comply?
According to Presidential Decree (PD) 1586 or “Establishing an Environmental Impact Statement System, Including Other Environmental Management Related Measures and for other Purposes”, no person, partnership or corporation shall undertake or operate any project without first securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate issued by the President or his duly authorized representatives.
Upon issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate, the Proponent is expected to comply with all the conditions stated therein, one of which is the quarterly submission of Self Monitoring Report pursuant to DENR Administrative Order (DAO) no. 27 series of 2003 or the “Amending DAO 26, DAO 29 and DAO 2000-81 among others on the preparation and Submission of Self-Monitoring Report (SMR)”, and its Procedural Manual. In the SMR, all the activities of the operation which has impact to the environment are stated and where compliance with existing environmental laws are monitored. It consists mainly of 6 modules:
- Module 1: General Information
- Module 2: RA 6969 Hazardous Waste
- Module 3: PD 984 Pollution Control Law
- Module 4: RA 8749 Air Pollution
- Module 5: ECC Status
- Module 6: Others
Each module shall be filled up correctly and accurately based from the actual data gathered from the covered months of the quarter.
The report shall be signed by the accredited Pollution Control Officer (PCO) and the owner of the operation, and will then be notarized. It will then be submitted to the respective DENR EMB Regional Office where the location of operation is under.
Representatives from DENR conduct surprise visits to companies to check its compliance through data on the SMR. The data written in the report will also be verified. In ISO certified companies, the certifying body also checks these compliances. Non-compliance or lapses may result to issuance of violations, penalties, or worse, closure of the operation.
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