Makati suspends anti-smoke belching operations

Date of Release: 
Nov 26 2013

DUE to mounting complaints from motorists over alleged cases of extortion, the Makati city government suspends its anti-smoke belching operations.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay on Tuesday ordered the suspension of the operations of the Makati Pollution and Control Office (MPCO) also because of the failure of its enforcers to comply with the implementing guidelines of the local vehicle emission code and the Clean Air Act or Republic Act 8749.

Binay has directed the Office of the City Administrator, headed by Atty. Eleno Mendoza, to conduct a thorough investigation of the complaints.


City council to phase out use of styrofoam

Date of Release: 
Nov 11 2013

THE Petaling Jaya City Council plans to ban the use of styrofoam food containers in stages starting from January next year.

To start with, operators at foodcourts managed by the council will be encouraged to use bio-degradable food containers.

The move is part of the council’s aim to become a low-carbon city.

The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Health and Environment Department director Dr Chitra Devi N. Vadivellu said styrofoam food containers were detrimental to both humans and the environment.


Malaysia: Aerial patrols for the jungles

Date of Release: 
Nov 19 2012

Environmental protection efforts will be expanded to the skies following the decision to launch the Aerial Jungle Monitoring Programme early next year, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said.

The Cabinet had agreed during its meeting last week to provide RM2mil to fund the programme, which is aimed at improving enforcement of environmental laws and regulations, said Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas.

The aerial patrols would keep tabs on development projects that are carried out in the jungle.


Malaysia: RM50,000 fine if starting without EIA approval

Date of Release: 
Oct 25 2012

The maximum compound for those flouting the Environment Protection Environment Enactment 2002 has been increased.

The State Assembly passed the Environment Protection (Amendment) Enactment 2012 on Wednesday that, among others, upped compounds by up to 50 per cent from the present maximum compounds for offences stated in the enactment.

Tabling the Bill, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the compound for example those found starting works without the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report had been raised to RM50,000 from RM20,000 presently.


Philippines govt may fine Philex for mine leaks - minister

Date of Release: 
Sep 11 2012

The government may fine the Philippine's biggest miner Philex Mining Corp at least 1 billion pesos ($24 million) for leaks out of its now shut Padcal gold and copper mine, the environment minister said on Tuesday.

Water and sediment from the mine are flowing to a river supplying water to a major power plant on the main Luzon island and the company, the country's top gold and copper miner, is struggling to contain the leaks which began last month, said Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje.


Will compliance and enforcement be adequately addressed at Rio+20

 As part of the preparatory process for the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (dubbed Rio+20) to be held in Rio de Janeiro in mid-2012, over 600 organizations have made submissions for inclusion in the "compilation document" which will be used to draft the final "outcome document".  The second intersessional being held in New York, during December 2011, will review the compilation document and agree on the outline of the draft outcome document.


Stockholm+40, Rio+20, or Rio20+? Where is compliance and enforcement?

 Over the past month or so I have attended a number of meetings or conferences where the forthcoming World Conference on Sustainable Development (dubbed Rio+20) in June 2012 has been a high priority item on the agenda.  To some, it is an opportunity to reflect on the various successes and failures since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972 (hence Stockholm+40)—and yes there are still some people actively engaged who remember this event.  To others, it


AECEN Shares Experience at INECE 9th International Conference

Date of Release: 
Jun 30 2011

During the 9th International Conference of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) held in Whistler, British Columbia on June 20-24, 2011, AECEN members from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam as well as the AECEN Secretariat shared best practices and outcomes of twinning partnerships.

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