To promote transparency in the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) with regard to the manner of transacting with the public through the simplification of frontline service procedures, formulation of service standards of every transaction, and making these known to the clients.

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Citizen’s Charter Annex B


The Environmental Management Bureau is primarily tasked for the protection, conservation and management of the country’s natural resources. With the enactment of R.A. 8749 on June 23, 1999 otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was transformed from a staff bureau to a line bureau for it to be more effective in the implementation of policies, programs and projects, and enforcement of rules, regulations and guidelines on environmental management, industrial pollution control and toxic substances / hazardous wastes management.

The EMB is a Line Bureau by Virtue Of Section 34 of The Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 (Ra 8749).  The Bureau is mandated to implement on a Nationwide Scale the Six (6) Important Environmental Laws to wit:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Law (PD 1586)
  • Toxic Substances And Hazardous Waste Management Act (RA 6969)
  • Clean Air Act Of 1999 (RA 8749)
  • Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003)
  • Clean Water Act (RA 9275)
  • Environmental Awareness And Education Act Of 2009 (RA 9512)


A nation empowered to protect our finite natural resources, attuned to the pursuit of sustainable development, for a clean and healthy environment that enhances the Filipino Quality of life for present and future generations.


To protect, restore and enhance environmental quality towards good public health, environmental integrity and economic viability.


The EMB shall be the primary government agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to formulate, integrate, coordinate, supervise and implement all policies, programs, projects and activities relative to the prevention and control of pollution as well as the management and enhancement of environment


Under Presidential Decree Number 984, Pollution Control Law of the Philippines

  • Conduct original plant surveys/inspection
  • Conduct investigation/inspection on complaints relative to pollution and conduct source sampling test, ambient air sampling, and evaluates sampling results to determine existence and extent of pollution;
  • Conduct the technical conference/public hearing to discuss matter for the resolution of the case;
  • Conduct follow-up inspection to check compliance of commitments during the technical conference and to check the efficiency of the firm’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTP) and Air Pollution Control Devices prior to the issuance of permit Operate;
  • Issue a Temporary Permit to Operate of the firm’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTP) and Air pollution source and Control Installations (APSCI) and Solid Waste Disposal Systems (SWDS);
  • Gather prima-facie evidences against pollutersand files pollution cases in the pollution Adjudication Board;
  • Evaluate and review the applications for Authority to Construct & Permit to Operate;
  • Recommends for issuance of Authority to Construct (AC) and Regular Permit to Operate (PO) both for the WTP, APSCI and SWDS; Notice for Violation;
  • Assist in the implementation of the Cease and Desist Order (CDO), Temporary/Formal Lifting Order (T/FLO), and other Resolution issued by PAB;
  • Conduct ambient air and water quality monitoring and collects samples for laboratory analysis;
  • Conduct survey and monthly collection of water samples and recommend the river/water bodies for classification;
  • Perform physical, chemical, and bacteriological analyses both for air, water, and wastewater samples submitted by the by the technical personnel including the field offices specialists, and samples from private sectors as requested;
  • Evaluate the applications for Accreditation of the Pollution Control Officer and recommend the issuance or denial of the Certificate of Accreditation;
  • Assist the Local Government Unit in accomplishing the ecolabeling form for submission to the Special Concerns Office for devaluation;
  • Assist/support the Local Government on the Implementation of Anti-Smoke Belching Campaign.


To enable EMB to carry out its mandate this Office was empowered to enforce the penal provisions of and implement the programs promulgated under the following environmental laws to wit:

(1) PD 1586 Philippine Environmental Impact Assessment System,
(2) RA 6969 Toxic and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990,
(3) RA 8749 Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999,
(4) RA 9003 Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000,
(5) RA 9275 Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004,
(6) RA 9512 Environmental Education and Awareness Act of 2008 and;
(7) RA 9729 Climate Change Act of 2009.

In relation to the above-cited mandate, the fast, efficient and satisfactory delivery of the following frontline services of EMB may be demanded by the clients.

A. Issuance of the following subject to compliance with the requirement of the pertinent laws cited above:

  1. Wastewater Discharge Permit (DP)
  2. Permit to operate Air Pollution Sources and Corresponding Air Pollution Control Facilities
  3. Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substance (PICCS) Certification
  4. Small Quantity Importation (SQI) Clearance
  5. Registration of Importer/User/Manufacturer of Chemicals under the Chemical Control Order (CCO)
  6. Importation Clearance of Chemicals under the Chemical Control Order (CCO)
  7. Permit to Transport Hazardous Waste
  8. Certificate of Registration as Hazardous Waste Generator
  9. Registration Certificate as Waste Provider for asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls
  10. Certificate of Registration as dealers/retailers/resellers of ozone-depleting substances   
  11. Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC)
  12. Certificate of Non coverage (CNC)
  13. Pollution Control Officers Accreditation

B. Screening of the supporting documents for the application for:

  1. Priority Chemical List (PCL) Certificate
  2. Certificate of Registration for the importation of Ozone depleting substance (ODS) and alternative substances




Complaints* for violations of this Citizen’s Charter shall be filed with and acted upon in accordance with the following:

  1. For violations committed by the Division Chief or higher (Salary Grade 24 and above),complaints shall be filed with and acted upon by the Office of the Secretary, DENR through:

Office of the Regional Director
Environmental Management Bureau Region 7
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Greenplains Subdivision, Banilad, Mandaue City
Telephone No. (032) 260 9777 or email at r7@emb.gov.ph

  1. For violations committed by rank and file employees (Salary Grade 23 and below), complaints shall be acted upon by:


Clearance and Permitting Division Chief
Environmental Management Bureau Region 7
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Greenplains Subdivision, Banilad, Mandaue City
Telephone No. (032) 260 9777 or r7@emb.gov.ph