BARMM’s Ministry of the Environment grants ECCs to LGUs and commercial enterprises
CITY OF COTABATO – The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MENRE-BARMM) on Wednesday awarded certificates of environmental compliance (ECC) to three local government units (LGU) and to three businesses in the region.
During handover rites held at the BARMM government center here, Environment Minister Abdulraof A. Macacua awarded the ECCs to representatives of the Cotabato Light and Power Company in the town of Cotabato, as well as to the Eka Salam Agriventures Corporation and Delinanas Development Corporation, both in Maguindanao. . The LGUs of Parang, Maguindanao also received ECCs; and Wao, Lanao del Sur, and received their praise for the creation of sanitary landfills.
The province of Maguindanao, for its part, received a plaque for having 50 percent of their municipalities with a solid waste management plan approved and legitimized over 10 years.
“All of these acts are mandated under Republic Law 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act 2000,” Macacua said in an interview with the PNA on Thursday.
“Protecting the environment is our responsibility. Our participation in this enterprise is both our moral and social obligation, ”he added.
MENRE lead consultant, Alindatu K. Pagayao, also acknowledged the efforts made by entities to ensure their environmental compliance and encouraged them to continue to do so.
“Let us carry out this act of service to our environment with sincerity, and not just out of simple conformity and good image. First, we owe it to nature to protect it, ”Pagayao said.
Last month, MENRE’s Office of Environmental Management Services (EMS) visited BARMM companies and municipalities to verify, monitor and evaluate their performance and commitment to implementation or non-implementation. environmental laws.
Macacua said the ECC award is tied to the annual June celebration of the environment in the Philippines. (ANP)