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Environmental Clearance

Government Agency Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR)
Contact Person Mr. Oscar M. Hamada,

Regional Executive Director

Contact Address DENR V Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legaspi City
Telephone Number (63)(52)482-0688-89 / 482-0697
Fax Number (63)(52) 214-3886
E-mail
Address
Web
Page Address
Government
Agency
Environmental
Management Bureau -Department of Environment & Natural Resources (EMB-DENR)
Contact
Person
Mr.
Esmeraldo C. Luna, Regional Technical Director
Contact
Address
EMB-DENR V Regional Center
Site, Rawis, Legaspi City
Telephone
Number
(63)(52)482-0326/482-0197/820-5065
Fax
Number
(63)(52) 214-3886

Purpose | Note:
All projects are generally required to secure environmental clearance or
and “Environmental Compliance Certificate” (ECC).
The requirements and processes vary depending on whether a project is:

  • Outside
    the purview of the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) system
  • An environmentally-critical
    project

  • Located
    in an environmentally-critical area

Project
proponents of ECPs are required to implement the proposed project within (5)
five years upon issuance of an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), while
proponents of projects in ECAs are required to implement the proposed project
within (2) two years. Failure to
implement the project on the specified time frame invalidates the ECC and the
proponent must obtain a new ECC prior to implementation.

A
project is considered as not being within the coverage of the EIS system, and
will be issued a “Certificate of Non-Coverage” or “Certificate
of Exemption”
from DENR if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Location
    – it conforms will the existing and duly-approved land use plan of the
    area
  • Technology
    – it will use appropriate technology that will not require the use of
    hazardous or toxic materials; will not produce or require the disposal of
    waste materials that will pose serious health hazards; or will not generate
    significant amount of organic or solid wastes
  • Size
    - the project or its structure
    will not exceed a total floor area of 3,000 square meters in urban areas or
    10,000 square meters in rural areas. If
    a building will be constructed, it will not have more than three (3) storeys
    including basement floors
  • Raw
    Effluent and Discharge – the effluent or discharges of the project shall
    conform with the emission and effluent standards established by the DENR
    regardless of quantity, volume or amount
  • Social
    Acceptability – no serious complaints are expected from neighboring
    establishments or facilities
  • The nature of the project shall not pose significant environmental impact as
    determined by the EMB or DENR Regional Office


A
project is considered as Environmentally Critical Project (ECP) if
project belongs to the following:

  • Heavy
    Industries
  • Non-ferrous
    metal industries

  • Iron
    and steel mills

  • Petroleum
    and petro-chemical industries

  • Smelting
    plants

  • Resources
    Extractive Industries
  • Major
    mining and quarrying projects

  • Forestry
    projects

  • Fishery
    projects

  • Infrastructure
    projects
  • Major
    dams

  • Major
    power plants

  • Major
    reclamation projects

  • Major
    roads and bridges

A
project is considered belonging to an Environmentally Critical Area (ECA)
if project site refers to the following:

  • Areas
    for natural parks, watershed reserves, wildlife preserve and sanctuaries;
  • Areas
    set aside as aesthetic potential tourist spots;
  • Areas
    which constitute the habitat for any endangered pr threatened species of
    indigenous Philippine wildlife (flora and fauna);
  • Areas
    of unique historic, archeaologic, or scientific interests;
  • Areas
    traditionally occupied by cultural communities and tribes;
  • Areas
    with critical slopes;
  • Areas
    frequently visited, hard-hit by natural calamities
  • Areas
    classified as prime agricultural land;
  • Recharge
    areas of aquifers;
  • Water
    bodies; mangrove areas, coral reefs, mossy virgin forests.

Standard
Requirements:

  1. If a project or undertaking is
    classified as an Environmentally Critical Project (ECP), an Environmental
    Impact Statement (EIS) document shall be required from the project proponent
    for submission to the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

  2. If a project or undertaking is
    classified as Environmentally Critical Area (ECA), an IEE or IEE Checklist
    shall be required from the project proponent for submission to the concerned
    DENR-Regional Office Environmental Management and Protected Areas Sector (EMPAS)
    where the project will be located.

Additional
Requirements for proponents of projects within ECA:

  1. Proponent may still be
    required to submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) apart from
    submission of an IEE or IEE checklist* at the discretion of the DENR-Regional
    Executive Director, especially if the proposed project has high potential to
    cause significant adverse environmental impact

  2. Proponent may opt to prepare
    and submit an EIS in lieu of an IEE, for the same reason stated above.

  1. If a project or undertaking is
    NOT an ECP and DOES NOT meet any of the above-mentioned criteria, an IEE or
    IEE Checklist shall be required from the project proponent for submission to
    the concerned DENR-RO Environmental Management and Protected Areas Sector (EMPAS)
    where the project will be located.

*
The IEE Checklist is a document intended for the use of individual proponents,
PO’s, LGUs. and other entities or groups that are applying for an Environmental
Compliance Certificate (ECC) of proposed projects.

  1. IEE or EIS submitted must be
    prepared by duly accredited preparers.
    A copy of the certificate if the accreditation is required to be
    annexed to the EIS/IEE document.

Additional
Requirement for Scoping Activity:

During
the Pre-scoping phase, the proponent sends the following to the EMB or DENR-RO :

  1. An official communication
    letter of intent to hold a first level scoping meeting Brief Project
    Description
  2. Site Location Map (1:50,000
    scale)
  3. List of Direct Impact
    Stakeholders

Second level / On-site scoping meeting phase:

  1. Proponent is required to
    schedule with EMB and Regional Office the conduct o the Second level /
    On-site Scoping meeting to be held at the project site

  2. Proponent is required to
    distribute invitation/public notices and information for the proposed
    project including the matrices of issues and impacts 15 days before the
    meeting.