Creation of Environmental Protection Agency Sought
Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri filed Wednesday a bill seeking to create an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will be devoted solely to solving the country's mounting pollution problems.
Zubiri said the EPA would have broad powers for research, standard-setting, monitoring and enforcement with regard to five environmental hazards: Air pollution, water hazards, solid waste disposal, radiation and pesticides.
The Senate Majority Leader in the past 14th Congress said he recognizes the function of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) being the principal agency tasked to implement the government's environmental laws and policies which includes management of natural resources.
''However, there has to be an agency that will solely deal with matters that have a relation only to the protection, preservation and enhancement of the environment,'' he said.
The measure, Senate Bill No. 59 or the 'Environment Protection Act of 2010,'' aims to effectively control pollution by ''identifying pollutants, tracing them through the entire ecological chain, observing and recording changes in form as they occur, determining the total exposure of man and his environment to toxic waste, examining interactions among forms of pollutions and identifying where in the ecological chain interdiction will be most appropriate,'' he explained.
Zubiri said that the EPA, once enacted into law, would be placed under the Executive branch headed by a chairman to be appointed by the President.
Aside from the chairman, other EPA officers will be regional executive directors who will take charge of the monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws at the regional level. …