Air Quality Management

  • Airshed Operationalized 

         The Leyte Geothermal Airshed was established and operationalized last Nov 2002 with the Multipartite Monitoring Team (MMT) as its Technical Working Group (TWG).  Four (4) community areas are located within the airshed namely: Barangay Lim-ao, Kananga, Barangay Tongonan, Kananga, Sitio Bagtik, Barangay Tongonan, Ormoc City and Sitio Cambantug, Barangay Lake Danao, Ormoc City, all of which are located in Northern Leyte, Eastern Visayas. These community areas are located within the Leyte Geothermal Surface Development Block of the Leyte Geothermal Reservation. 

         The Leyte Geothermal Airshed Governing Board (LGAGB) met twice a year and review/evaluate the implementation of its plans and programs and the results of the MMT monitoring. The different activities in the airshed were monitoring of ambient air, water, toxic and hazardous waste, ECC and SWM which were done every quarter.  Another equally important activity undertaken being undertaken is the Information Education Campaign (IEC) to the community within the airshed.   Equipments used to measure H2S and noise level meter are Jerome analyzer and noise level meter respectively.  Results showed that these are within the DENR and DOLE standards.      

            Proposed for establishment in CY 2012 is the Tacloban Airshed.  Organizational meetings have already been undertaken during the second quarter of CY 2012 for the identification of members and composition of the Technical Working Group. Delineation of areas to be covered as well as drafting the Memorandum of Understanding was likewise done. 

Water Quality Monitoring

    A.  Table 1 Major Rivers Classified for CY 2011

Province

Name of River

Area/Location

EMB8’s Proposed Classification

Remarks

Leyte

Ugayon River

Bato, Leyte

New, Class C

Waiting for official classification from DENR Central Office

 

Pongso River

Barugo, Leyte

New, Class C

 

Tagbaoto River

Hindang, Leyte

New, Class C

 

Matlang, Dupon & Camotes Sea

Isabel, Leyte

Reclassification, Class SC

Samar

Calbayog River

Calbayog City, Samar

New, Class C

     Note: For CY 2012, classification of another 5 rivers is on-going.

   B. Table 2 Beach water/beaches under monitoring

Province

Name of Beaches

Area/Location

Classification

(targeted last CY 2011)

Leyte

SAL’s Beach Resort

Albuera, Leyte

Good for bathing.

 

Baybayon ni Agalon

Albuera, Leyte

Good for bathing.

So. Leyte

Tangkaan Beach Resort

Tangkaan, Padre Burgos,

So. Leyte

Good for bathing.

Managed by the brgy.

 

Kuting Reef

Macrohon, So. Leyte

Good for bathing.

Private resort.

(targeted for CY 2012)

Leyte

Kilim Beach Resort

Brgy. Kilim, Baybay City, Leyte

Remarks:

Monthly monitoring is regularly done on this 5 bathing beaches targeted this year. Water sampling for Total Coliform and Fecal Analyses is part of the monitoring activities.

 

Domingo Beach Resort

Brgy. San Pedro, MacArthur, Leyte

 

Malu’s Beach Resort

Brgy. Tanghas, Tolosa, Leyte

 

Lky Spa Resort & Hotel

Brgy. Baras, Palo, Leyte

 

Patio Victoria Beach Resort

Brgy. San Jose, Tacloban City, Leyte

Note: Beaches frequently visited by foreign and  domestic tourists were the ones targeted for monitoring

   C. Table 3 Water bodies continuously monitored

Name of Waterbody

Location(Municipality & Province)

Class

Remark

1. Matlang Bay

Isabel, Leyte

SC & SD

Receiving body of water from effluents of PASAR (copper smelter, PHILPHOS (fertilizer w/7 plants) and LGU

2. Camotes Sea

Isabel, Leyte

SD

3. Dupon Bay

Isabel, Leyte

SC

4. Ormoc Bay

Ormoc City, Leyte

SC

Receiving body of water from the effluents of Leyte Agri Corp. (distillery plant and  the city.

5. Bao River

Ormoc City, Leyte

C

Receiving body of water from the effluents of geothermal plants and  sugar milling plant

  D. Table 4.  Number of ECC and CNC Issued

Year

No. of ECC Issued

No. of CNC Issued

1995

62

-

1996

51

-

1997

38

52

1998

37

22

1999

44

20

2000

56

89

2001

45

118

2002

120

248

2003

166

208

2004

314

260

2005

220

326

2006

127

367

2007

112

299

2008

110

243

2009

158

240

2010

175

454

2011

141

128

 Industrial Compliance

   E. Table 5. Industrial Compliance

Desired Data

Year

Remarks

2011

2012 (as of July)

No. of firms compliant with pollution control law

300

235

 

No. of firms not compliant with pollution control law

26

10

CY 2011-

Firms were called for technical conference, complied the law by submitting P/O application and subsequently issued P/O.

 

CY 2012 (as of July)-

Firms were issued Notice of Violation and called for technical conference, committed to apply P/O with 3 of them already submitted their P/O applications.

 

No. of potential air pollutive firms

18

18

This firms though recognized as potential air pollutive, continues to operate because they have complied with RA 8749 that requires them to install air pollution control device, secured P/O from EMB8 for its operation, has Pollution Control Officers

(PCOs) duly accredited by EMB and are monitored by EMB. Firms within PEZA like PASAR and PHILPHOS, on one hand are quarterly monitored by a Multi-partite Monitoring Team (MMT).

  

No. of firms with Permit to Operate (P/O)

300

235

 

No. of firms without Permit to Operate  (P/O)

26

10

CY 2011-

Firms were called for technical conference, complied the law by submitting P/O application and subsequently issued P/O.

 

CY 2012 (as of July)-

Firms were issued Notice of Violation and called for technical conference, committed to apply P/O with 3 of them already submitted their P/O applications.

 

No. of firms without pollution control device

-

3

Firms were already called for technical conference, and committed to comply the law by submitting P/O application

 

 Note: List of Potential Air Pollutive Firms in Region 8 but are compliant to RA 8749:

1.Philippine Associated Smelting and Refinery Inc. (PASAR)

2.Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation (PHILPHOS)

3.Energy Development Corporation (EDC)

4.COCA-COLA

5.PEPSI-COLA

6.Pulp Specialty Philippines Inc. (PSPI)

7.Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Inc. (SPMI)

8.Leyte Agri Corporation (LAC)

9.HIDECO Sugar Milling Corporation (HISUMCO)

10.Visayan Oil Mill Inc. (VOMI)

11.Tacloban Oil Mill Inc.

12.New Leyte Edible Oil Manufacturing Inc.

13.Catarman Oil Mill

14.Samar Coco Products

15.SanVic Oil Mill

16.TBK

17.SC Global

18.UNEX Ind. 

Data on Potential Water Pollutive Firms

F. Table 6. Number of Potential Water Pollutive Firms

Desired Data

Year

Remarks

2011

2012 (as of July)

No. of firms with wastewater discharge permit (D/P)

129

165

 

No. of firms without D/P

15

none

Firms were already called for technical conference, complied the law by submitting D/P application

 

Data on Toxic Chemical Substance Management

G. Table 7.

Desired Data

Year

Remarks

2011

2012 (as of July)

Total chemical control orders registered

none

None

No new users registered in CY 2011-2012. CCO registration is done once and by EMB Central Office (2005)

 

Cyanide distributors registered

-do-

-do-

 

Mercury distributors registered

-do-

-do-

 

Mercury users registered

-do-

-do-

SPMI, PHILPHOS & PASAR were registered as mercury users in 2005

 

Asbestos users registered

-do-

-do-

NLEO, PASAR & PHILPHOS were registered as asbestos users in 2005.

Data on Hazardous Waste Management

H. Table 8.

Desired Data

Year

Remarks

2011

2012 (as of July)

 

Total registered hazardous waste generators

50 (firms)

1 (hospital)

24 (firms)

  8 (hospitals)

 

 

Total transporter of hazardous waste registered

none

None

Only EMB Central Office approves and issues Transport Permits to transporters. EMB Reg8 however monitors this permit holders located in E. Visayas. In 2011, EMB8 monitored 4 transporters and 2 in 2012 (as of July.

  

Total treatment, storage and disposal facilities registered

none

none

Registration of TSD facilities are likewise within the turf of EMBCO but EMB Reg8 is tasked to conduct inspection on those w/in E. Visayas. In 2011, there were 4 TSD facilities inspected and 1 in CY 2012 as of July.

 

News

DENR spearheads tree planting in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day

ArborDayThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 highlights the celebration of this year’s Philippine Arbor Day by spearheading a tree planting activity at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte.


The event was participated by over two hundred (200) volunteers from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Palo, barangay local government unit of Salvacion, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tacloban Chapter, Pepsi Cola, Office of Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez, DENR regional office, CENRO Palo, PENRO Leyte, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Read more...

Photo Releases

DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents the region’s central nursery and the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove Rehabilitation Project site at Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Director Javier Manazares (seated, 3rd from left) and Demetrio Innocenti (seated, 4th from left). The project implemented in 2014 in the hardest hit provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar by Typhoon Yolanda envisions to restore the lush mangroves in said areas, emphasizing on the crucial role these mangroves play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion, serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves, and mitigating the unavoidable impacts of climate change. GCF visited the area for an ocular inspection in response to the request of Secretary Lopez for financial assistance in support to the department’s programs and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also in photo are (seated L-R) ERDB Director Henry Adornado, ASec Junie Hernandez, Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada of the Performance and Projects Management Office, office of the Cabinet Secretary.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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