DENR cites industries with outstanding environmental performance

December 18, 2010 2:20 am 

MANILA, Dec. 17 -– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday cited 16 industries for their exemplary environmental performance, in consonance with the Philippine Environment Partnership Program (PEPP).

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje commended the men and women behind the winning companies for their commitment to improve on the environmental performance of their respective firms will definitely be well appreciated and hopefully, inspire other industries to pursue environmental excellence.

The awardees are: AMKOR Technology, Inc. (Biñan, Laguna); AMKOR Technology, Inc. (Muntinlupa City); Atlantic Coatings, Inc. (Trece Martires City, Cavite); Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. (Ilagan, Isabela); Kraft Foods Philippines (Sucat, Parañaque); Nestle North Distribution Center (Meycauyan, Bulacan); Nestle South Distribution Center (Calamba, Laguna); PSI Technologies, Inc. (Taguig City);

PSI Technologies Laguna Inc. (Calamba, Laguna); San Miguel Brewery, Inc.- Davao Brewery (Darong, Davao del Sur); Team Energy – Pagbilao Corporation (Pagbilao, Quezon); Team Energy – Sual Corporation (Sual, Pangasinan);

Texas Instruments Philippines (Loakan, Baguio City); Toshiba Information Equipment (Phils.) Inc. (Biñan, Laguna); Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (Santa Rosa, Laguna); and United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc. (Calumpit, Bulacan).

Paje personally handed the awards in a simple ceremony held at the DENR office in Quezon City.

He said the awards were in recognition of the 16 industries’ commitment to go beyond compliance to set standards, and driven by competitiveness, image and supply chain requirements to improve their environmental performance.

“These companies have no case filed with the Pollution Adjudication Board for three years prior to the date of application; they are in full compliance of all applicable environmental laws and were proven to show superior environmental performance by a 3rd party auditor,” Paje said.

The PEPP aims to support industry self-regulation towards improved environmental performance.

By providing a package of incentives and reward mechanisms to industries, the DENR hopes to assist business establishments, particularly small and medium enterprises to adopt pollution prevention and cleaner production processes.

As incentives, Paje said the winning industries will be given the DENR Official Seal of Approval, which is valid for one year.

They will also benefit from relaxed reportorial requirements as to frequency of submission, longer validity of permits and simplified requirements for securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for expansion projects.

From 2008-2009, a total of 14 industry associations and eight individual industries have joined the PEPP.

These industry associations include the Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI); Center for Alcohol Research and Development Foundation (CARD); Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP);

Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers’, Inc. (PAPM); Polystyrene Packaging Council of the Philippines (PPCP); Philippine Sugar Millers’ Association (PSMA); Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industries (PULPAPEL);

QSR Management Link Association (QSR-MLA); Semiconductors and Electronics Industry of the Philippines (SEIPI); Tuna Canning Association of Gen. Santos (TCAGS); Croplife Philippines, Inc.;

Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK); Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF) and Slaughterhouse Operators’ Association of the Philippines (SOAP).

In 2009, the industries that have joined the PEPP are: (from Region 4-A) Absolut Distillers, Inc.; Analog Devices Gen. Trias; Nestle Phils., Inc – Cabuyao Factory; Nestle Phils., Inc. – Lipa Factory; ON Semiconductor; STMicroelectronics; and (from NCR) PSI Technologies and Vishay Phils., Inc. (PNA) LOR/JCA

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