National Capital Region mayors told: Revoke business permits of polluters

March 19, 2019
Eduardo Año

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año has directed all mayors of the 178 cities and municipalities around the Manila Bay Watershed area to revoke the business permits of establishments violating environmental laws.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said a memorandum was issued by Secretary Año 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 comply with the provisions of the National Building Code, the Fire Code, the Code on Sanitation, and other related laws.

Malaya said Año’s memorandum specifically directs “all LGUs to revoke or cancel permits of establishments found to have committed violations and are non-compliant with environmental and other applicable laws.” 

Last January 27, the DENR and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) started the inspection of commercial establishments to ensure their compliance with environmental laws.

Cease and Desist Orders and Notices of Violations were also issued to various establishments that failed to comply with the rules and regulations of the agencies concerned.