More than 3,700 commercial establishments in Metro Manila are not compliant with the conditions set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for safe and clean business operations.

The worse part is that the the 3,754 violators represent the 4,043 commercial establishments that have been inspected by the DENR in the past four weeks. This means that more than 90 percent of those inspected by the DENR are violators of environment protection conditions set by the government.

The DENR earlier deployed around 160 personnel from the DENR-Metropolitan Environmental Offices, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) regional offices, EMB-National Capital Region, and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) for the implementation of the Intensified Compliance Monitoring and Saturation Drive. The operations were led by Undersecretary for Field Operations-Luzon, Visayas, and Environment Juan Miguel T. Cuna.

Majority of those inspected were commercial businesses, restaurants, manufacturing establishments, gasoline stations, and warehouses.

Based on the report, a total of 1,857 establishments were found to be without environmental compliance certificates or certificates of non-coverage, while a total of 1,894 establishments do not have wastewater discharge permits.

DENR Sec. Jim O. Sampulna said they will issue necessary notices on establishments found to be neglectful of their obligations under Republic Act (RA) 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

“The establishments found to have violated pertinent laws will be issued notices of violation and will be called for a technical conference either by the EMB-NCR or LLDA to give them the opportunity to contest the basis of the issued NOV, or secure a commitment from them to comply with the requirements and implement remedial measures,” said Sampulna.

The same report also revealed that around 3,623 establishments have access to a wastewater treatment facility. There were 2,306 with septic tanks, 255 with sewage treatment plants, and 104 with sequencing batch rectors.

Also, 575 establishments are connected to water concessionaires.

Cuna, for his part, said they will inspect more establishments in Metro Manila and in the Manila Bay regions.

Source: Manila Bulletin (