The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has taken action against more than 200 factories operating without the required permits. This move comes after the implementation of a satellite imagery-based “no-contact” apprehension system by the agency’s Geospatial Database Office (GDO), which utilizes geographical information systems (GIS) to monitor environmental violations.
According to Undersecretary for Environment and Integrated Science Carlos Primo David, the DENR issued 237 notices of violations to factories found to be operating without permits. These violations were discovered during a test case conducted in 13 industry parks in Laguna. The DENR used satellite technology to identify the locations of the factories and cross-reference them with a list of industries with environmental compliance certificates (ECCs). Factories without ECCs were marked as potential violators.
Once the violation notices were sent, the factories were given an opportunity to explain why they were operating without the necessary permits. Failure to provide a valid explanation could result in a penalty of P50,000. However, David emphasized that the main goal of the DENR is to protect the environment, with revenue collection being a secondary concern.
The crackdown on unauthorized factories demonstrates the DENR’s commitment to enforcing environmental regulations and ensuring that industries comply with the necessary permits. By utilizing satellite technology and GIS, the agency is able to efficiently identify and address violations, ultimately contributing to the protection of the environment.
It is important for businesses to be aware of and comply with the necessary permits and environmental regulations to avoid penalties and contribute to sustainable and responsible industrial practices.