Environment chief urges bizmen to get ECC

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Friday, August 8, 2014


THE Environment Management Bureau (EMB) in Northern Mindanao has urged business establishments to help mitigate the alarming state of the environment by obtaining an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

EMB Regional Director Sabdullah Abubacar said getting the ECC will greatly contribute to the region's unwavering campaign to preserve its environmental resources.

Under the mandate of ECC, a company that wants to obtain clearance has to abide by its provisions.

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These provisions, however, have to go through a tripartite monitoring team that is composed of a non-government organization (NGO), local government unit and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

Abubacar said that a nature park, for example, in Cagayan de Oro has planted 500 trees and 200 more as condition before the issuance of the ECC.

"They have to maintain the 500 hectares of plantation and protect the 200 hectares of forest. It's a compromise agreement that they need to comply," he said.

Similar provisions will also cover businesses like resorts, parks, power plants, real estates, etc.

According to records obtained by Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro, "cease and desist" orders had already been issued to 25 business establishments in the region since 2002.

These businesses include plantations, factories, food chain, telecommunication cell site, and gasoline stations.

Under Section 108 of the Republic Act 7942 or the New Sytem of Mineral Resources Act, any willful or gross violation of the ECC, like environmental damage, will have the violators be imprisoned from six months to six years and a penalty of P50,000 to P200,000.

“The ECC is a document showing that a proposed project has undergone an environmental study and the adverse environmental effects of the proposed project have somewhat been predicted and corresponding measures to arrest or mitigate the same will be implemented by the proponent,” Abubacar said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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