EMB 7: School violates ECC

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


THE Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued a notice of violation against the ongoing complex access road project of the University of San Carlos-Talamban campus (USC-TC) in Sitio Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City.

EMB 7 Director William Cunado, in his letter to USC president Fr. Dionisio Marcelo Miranda, said the agency found out that the university failed to comply with condition number one of the environmental compliance certificate issued for the project.

The agency has tasked a team of field personnel to monitor and investigate the project.

The field personnel reported to Cunado that during their inspection last June 13, they noticed the ongoing construction of the access road project that included widening of existing roads and construction of new roads.

They also noticed that the access road project is approximately 17 meters wide, with a total of 802 meters.

For the work on new roads, the field personnel discovered that there were alleged tree-cutting and quarrying in the area.

Architect Marvin Gaerlan, the school representative, said the quarrying was made in preparation for the construction of the school stadium.

Flooding

The field personnel also found several logs stored a few meters from the material recovery facility area.

The EMB-DENR ordered an investigation on the project after concerned citizens
complained of flooding in Talamban and blamed this on the allegedly massive quarrying and road construction inside the school property.

In his letter, Cunado cited Section 9 of Presidential Decree 1586, which provides penalties for violations.

The law provides that no person, corporation or partnership shall undertake or operate any such declared environmentally critical project or area without first securing an ECC issued by the President or his duly authorized representative.

If the conditions in the issuance of the ECC, or of the standards, rules and regulations issued by EMB pursuant to this decree shall be punished the suspension or cancellation of his/its certificate and/or fine in an amount not exceeding P50,000 for every violation thereof, at the discretion of the EMB.

The EMB 7 advised USC and Miranda to submit a written explanation and bring it during a technical conference at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 4, at the EMB office.

In its press statement furnished to Sun.Star Cebu through public relations man Cerwin Eviota, the USC acknowledged the lapse of not having been able to update DENR-EMB in expanding the access road to allow wider sidewalks that will also serve as bike lanes.

“The USC will comply with what will be the advice of DENR,” read the press statement.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 02, 2014.

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