DILG orders LGUs to revoke permits of businesses polluting Manila Bay

DILG orders LGUs to revoke permits of businesses polluting Manila Bay

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is stepping up the efforts in the cleaning of the Manila Bay.

The DILG has just ordered all local government units (LGUs) of the 178 cities and municipalities inside the Manila Bay Watershed  Area to revoke the business permits of establishments violating environmental laws.

Restoring Manila Bay's former glory, a massive clean up and rehabilitation drive is being undertaken by government (inset is DILG Secretary Ano) (photo credit to owner)

In a prepared statement Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said DILG Secretary Eduardo Año issued a memorandum directing all mayors of local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, and Calabarzon to ensure that all establishments in their areas should comply with the pertinent provisions of the National Building Code, the Fire Code, the Code on Sanitation, and other related laws, regulations, and policies.
The DILG expects all LGU’s concerned will act swiftly on the enforcement of orders from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and other government agencies in line with the continuous effort to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve the Manila Bay watershed area.

“The DENR and LLDA have started the inspection of commercial establishments last January 27, 2019, to ensure their compliance with environmental laws. They have issued Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Violations to various establishments. All concerned LGUs should immediately act on the findings of the DENR and LLDA and revoke or suspend the business permits they have issued, as maybe applicable,” Usec. Malaya said.
He said that a business or mayor’s permit is not a right but a privilege granted by the State.
“Let us sustain the momentum of cleaning up Manila Bay. The DILG is committed to doing our role in the interagency Manila Bay Task Force which include supervision of LGUs whether they are judiciously inspecting all establishments in their respective areas,” he added.
To monitor the progress of the LGUs regarding this memo from the DILG, Sec. Año further instructed DILG Regional Directors of NCR, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon to report to him through the DILG’s Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) those LGUs and local chief executives (LCEs) who fail to abide by this directive.

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