1. WHAT ARE PROHIBITED UNDER R.A. 9275?
- Discharging or disposing any water pollutant to the water body, which will impede natural flow in the water body.
- Discharging, injecting, or allowing to enter the soil, anything that would pollute groundwater.
- Operating facilities that discharge regulated water pollutants without the valid required permits.
- Disposal of potentially infectious medical waste into sea.
- Unauthorized transport or dumping into waters of sewage sludge or solid waste.
- Transport, dumping, or discharge of prohibited chemicals, substances or pollutants listed under Toxic Chemicals, Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act (R.A. 6969).
- Discharging regulated water pollutants without valid required discharge permit pursuant to this Act.
- Refusal to allow entry, inspection and monitoring as well as access to reports and records to the DENR in accordance with this Act.
- Directly using booster pumps in the distribution system is or tampering with the water supply in such a way to alter or impair the water quality.
2. DO YOU CONDUCT WATER POTABILITY SAMPLING?
- No. Our Office Laboratory is still not capable of conducting water potability testing. Water potability usually is conducted by DOH Laboratory, Local Health Office Laboratory, Public General Hospital Water Laboratory, and Water District Laboratories.
3. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ABOUT THE WATER TEST SAMPLING IN OUR DEEP WELL WATER, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST, IS IT PER SAMPLE OR PER PARAMETERS?
- We can only cater to 4 parameters for requested samples due to limited LAB capacity. These are:
- pH = 250/sample
- DO = 250/sample
- BOD5 = 250/sample
- TSS = 600/sample
4. HOW DO I REGISTER USING THE ONLINE HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (HWMS)?
- Before the applicant or client submits for processing its Hazardous Waste Registration (Generator, Transporters, and TSD), Permit to Transport and Manifest applications, the system requires prior company profile registration through https://iis.emb.gov.ph/crs effective June 1, 2020. The User’s Manual is accessible and can be downloaded through the link.
5. WHAT ARE THE CHEMICALS AND WASTES THAT ARE COVERED BY RA 6969?
- Chemicals that fall within the scope of RA 6969 include mercury, cyanide, asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, lead, etc. while wastes include all hazardous wastes such as infectious wastes/ pathological wastes from hospitals/ healthcare facilities busted fluorescent lamps, used car batteries, used oil, etc
6. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF EMB 9 IN THIS LAW?
- EMB 9 implements the policies, plans, projects, and activities relative to RA6969 within region 9. It guides and regulates the firms and facilities within the purview of the law.
7. WHAT IS THE PROPER MANAGEMENT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE AS PRESCRIBED BY RA 6969 AND ITS IRR?
- Proper management of hazardous wastes pursuant to DAO 2013-22 requires the hazardous waste generators to have a designated hazardous wastes storage facility and contract an EMB-accredited transporter for proper treatment and disposal of the wastes in an EMB-Accredited TSD Facility.
8. IS THERE ANY REQUIREMENT FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL?
- Hazardous Wastes disposal should be covered by the corresponding Permit to Transport and Manifest.
9. DO WE HAVE A TREATMENT FACILITY HERE IN REGION 9? SPECIFICALLY, FOR M501 WASTES?
- As of March 2021, there are NO accredited TSD Facility in Zamboanga Peninsula who caters to M501 wastes (pathological/ infectious wastes).
10. WHO IS THE CURRENT DIRECTOR OF EMB REGION 9?
- ENGR. ALEX D. JIMENEZ, OIC – Regional Director
11. WHAT IS THE COMPLETE ADDRESS OF EMB REGION 9’s OFFICE?
- Purok Tugas, Brgy. Balangasan, Pagadian City
12. DOES YOUR OFFICE IN ZAMBOANGA CITY STILL EXISTS? WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
- Yes. It is located at Lantawan Pasonanca, Zamboanga City.