SAN SIMON -- A poultry farm located in this town was recently served with a notice of violation from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for allegedly violating the environmental code.
D’ Meter Fields Corporation, located along Quezon Road in Barangay San Pablo here, is allegedly always a subject of complaint by residents living near the poultry farm for releasing foul odor, the EMB said.
Based on the letter signed by the EMB Director Lormelyn Claudio addressed to Mayor Leonora Wong, the agency personnel conducted an on-site inspection to prove the veracity of the complaints filed by residents.
Upon entry at the farm gate, foul odor and further inspection proved that the establishment exceeded the allowable capacity for its operation as stated in the Environmental Compliance Certificate, the report read.
The emission of foul odor of the poultry farm is a violation of Philippine Decree 1586 otherwise known as Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System, especially that it is located in a residential area.
A technical conference to be attended by local government department heads, residents, teachers, and officials of the EMB is set on November 20 to discuss altogether the issue and hear the concerns of all parties involved.
The report also asked the local government headed by Wong to immediately act on the concern as it is causing inconvenience to its residents.
The poultry farm will be asked to suspend its operations unless it will comply with the requirements of the EMB and the local government, the report added.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on November 15, 2017.
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