Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Local governments and pollution

The Local Government Code of 1991 may have mandated shared duties over environmental issues[1] but the latter’s role regarding pollution seems limited. The Barangay Chairman may “[e]nforce laws and regulations relating to pollution control and protection of the environment.”[2] Municipalities, cities, and provinces may “impose appropriate penalties for “activities which result in pollution.”[3]

[1] See Republic Act No. 7160, § 17(b)(2)(ii). See also Ruzol v. Sandiganbayan, G.R. Nos. 186739-960, April 17, 2013.
[2] Republic Act No. 7160, § 389 (b)(9).
[3] See Republic Act No. 7160, §§ 447 (a) (1) (vi), 458 (a) (1) (vi), and 468 (a) (1) (vi).

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