MALABANG, Lanao del Sur — The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE) issued on 6 April 2021 Notice of Violation and Notice of Deficiency to Matling Industrial and Commercial Complex (MICC) after investigation results show that the facility is not compliant with the Philippine Clean Water Act (RA 9275) and Clean Air Act (RA 8749).
The Environment Management Services (EMS) of MENRE led the issuance of the two notices to MICC after reported complaints state that the water body near the food manufacturing facility produces foul odor, thus prompting actions from the Ministry.
EMS Director Jalani M. Pamlian said that an immediate show cause order and the cessation of the plant’s activities are not the most moral thing to do by the Ministry for this may lead to mistrust of people to the government, with the Director stressing that “the employee and workforce are the primary affected group especially during this time of global crisis where people are in dire need of financial and food resources which come from their livelihood and job.”
“But should the company ignore the adherence to the conditions and regulations provided in the environmental laws, the Ministry will have no choice but to bring the case to the Pollution Adjudication Board,” Pamlian said.
The EMS assures that all companies that are noncompliant with the environmental laws as per validation and investigation by the Ministry will receive notices of violation and deficiency.
Geotagged 📸: Environment Management Services, BARMM-MENRE