MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will file multiple charges against a man in Batangas who was arrested because of illegal discharge of hazardous waste from used drums allegedly containing chemicals.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Benny Antiporda on Thursday said the arrest was made in coordination with the local government of Batangas and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The suspect, identified as Romano Cabrera, is said to be the owner of the lot located in Barangay Bayudbod, Tuy, Batangas, where used drums containing chemicals used for making soap are being washed.
Antiporda said the illegal discharge of hazardous waste caused great damage to the environment.
“Grabe yung ginawang damage nito sa environment wherein naglutangan yung mga hito at igat sa sapa (grave environmental damages resulted from this incident as catfish and eels from the nearby stream died),” he said.
A total of 16 used drums were recovered from Cabrera, who is believed to be in the business of buying and selling of the said drums.
He is now detained at Tuy, Batangas Police Station.
Cabrera will be facing multiple charges which include violation of the Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act and Republic Act 6969 otherwise known as the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990.
Moreover, the LGU will also be filing charges against Cabrera for lack of necessary permits from the municipality, including the Mayor’s Permit, to be able to operate his business.
The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau is already on-site to check the water quality in the area and to determine what kind of chemicals were dumped by the suspect. (PNA)