Lawmaker wants to regulate practice of environmental engineering
House Deputy Speaker and Zamboanga City Rep. Ma. Isabelle Climaco has filed a bill seeking to regulate the practice of environmental engineering to address the growingecological problems in the country.“To address this growing environmental problem, Philippine environmental lawsmust be strictly complied with and this will require the expertise of environmentalengineers,” said Climaco, author of House Bill 6794.Climaco said without environmental engineering, there will be a discharge of untreated wastewater in the different bodies of water which can cause water pollution.These water resources would be unsafe and polluted with emissions from smokestackswhich cause air pollution and health problems, solid waste management problems andother environmental hazards.The bill defines environmental engineering as the application of science andengineering principles to protect and improve the environment, including but not limitedto air, water and land resources, to provide safe water, air and land for human habitationand for other organisms and to remediate polluted sites.“Environmental engineering promotes the discharge of treated effluent fromwastewater treatment facilities into receiving bodies of water, provide for air pollutioncontrol facilities, and proper waste management and disposal as well as design solutionsfor other environmental problems particularly those concerned with local and globalenvironmental issues such as the effects of acid rain, ozone depletion, water pollution andair pollution from automobile exhausts and industrial sources,” Climaco said.She said environmental engineers are responsible for planning, designing,supervising, modifying or improving waste collection, treatment and disposal facilities,water supply, source evaluation, conveyance, treatment and distribution systems, solidwaste, toxic, hazardous and radioactive wastes collection, treatment and disposal systems.“They are also responsible for supervising the operation of environmentalengineering facilities or programs such as solid, toxic, hazardous and/or radioactivetreatment facilities, wastewater treatment plants, air pollution control facilities and water works,” Climaco said.Under the measure to be known as the “Environmental Engineering Law of thePhilippines,” the environmental engineering board shall be created and composed of threemembers who shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines, upon therecommendation of the Society of Environmental Engineers of the Philippines (SEEP).
NR # 2997BJAN. 27, 2013