Following the issued Notices of Violation of Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1586 to several beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) for its Community-Based Swine Production, Repopulation and Expansion through Farm Clustering and Consolidation Project within the different province of CAR, a Technical Conference was conducted at EMB-CAR Office for the in-depth discussion on the violation and the on-hand lecture/assistance of the online application of the Environmental Compliance Certificate(ECC) through the ECC online system.

Beneficiaries from the different provinces of CAR such as Abra, Kalinga, Ifugao, Mountain Province and Benguet manifested the same sentiment on the said ECC application wherein the online system dropped or denied their application. These beneficiaries are willing to comply with the online application requirement but the procedure seems to delay the implementation of the project.

Engr. Marie Pinas L. Rodas, Division Chief, Clearance and Permitting Division, EMB-CAR, explained that the Bureau is at all times in support to government project implementations and constructions especially those projects that will benefit the general public. However, she added that before the start of the project implementation, these proponents shall go through the process in securing the ECC requirement through the ECC online platform.

Atty. Fritzie D. Abella, Head, Legal Unit EMB-CAR/Presiding Officer acknowledged the intention of the project by the DAR-CAR. She explained that the procedure of the online application for ECC is more advantageous on the proponent’s end. The online system was framed to fast track the voluminous application pending online in consonance with Republic Act No. 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business Law.” In addition, Atty. Abella encouraged the proponents to retry their ECC online application because the drop or denied remark is not a valid reason for them not to secure the required ECC and push through with their project implementation.

Engr. Liza L. Canao, Section Chief, Environmental Impact Assessment together with the aid of her technical personel, Atty. Robin A. Dizon, Engr. Alyssa Fairylene Estaris-Cabusora and Engr. Randy L. Langgawan facilitated the conduct of the lecture on how to secure ECC online. DA-CAR was represented by Mr. Ruben A. Dulagan, Chief, Regulatory Division together with Dr. May Elizabeth Sari, Dr. Karl Kigis, Dr. Kimberly Pearl D. Takinan, Engr. Melandrea T. Dulagan and Engr. Jun Lenon E. Sukil-ap.//rjk