A December 10, 2011 press release from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] formally launched its Environmental Compliance Assistance Center [ECAC] at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City on Friday (December 9). The ECAC was created to assist local government units [LGU] on technical concerns and compliance to environmental laws.
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon J. P. Paje said the establishment of the assistance center is the DENR’s response “to continually educate our local officials and employees on environmental management, including environmental laws.”
“LGUs are instruments of the national government in enforcing compliance with environmental laws and regulations, especially since some of these laws are devolved to them. The ECAC will therefore strengthen the LGU’s capacity in efficiently performing their duties and obligations as environmentally-regulated institutions, and being operators of regulated public facilities such as hospitals, schools, and markets,” he stated.
The environment chief added that the ECAC is a one-stop center “to guide LGUs in understanding and complying with the many complex environmental laws and standards we have in the country.” He also expects the ECAC to contribute in fast-tracking the implementation of laws such as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the Clean Water Act, to name a few.
The LGU-dedicated ECAC website (www.emb.gov.ph/ecacenter) contains environmental laws, regulations, and resolutions, as well as information on the different permits and clearances issued by the DENR. The website also features an Ask the Expert section monitored by dedicated technical personnel to respond to online queries.
The ECAC is located at the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) building, DENRcompound in Quezon City, and manned by technical personnel to assist LGUs. It can also be reached at telephone number 920-2260 or through the email address [email protected]