To strictly enforce provisions of the Clean Water Act, the Quezon City government is now pursuing stronger actions against owners of industries and commercial establishments that contribute to the city’s water pollution.
Aside from factories and other manufacturing firms, also the target of inspections are city registered funeral parlors, especially those conducting embalming process, to compel them to strictly comply with the provisions of Republic Act 9275 or the Clean Water Act, particularly the requirement that establishment owners must install water treatment facilities.
A strict inspection of all funeral parlors is being conducted by a joint team of the city’s health department, business permit and licensing office (BPLO), department of health (DOH), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and civil registry department to verify if the embalming parlors have the corresponding sanitary permits and other papers to pursue their business operation.
The inspections are focused on funeral parlors which have morgue or embalming area within their premises. Waste water treatment facilities are recommended to prevent water pollution.
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista strongly believes that business owners have social responsibility to preserve and protect the environment. “These establishments should be well-informed of their corporate social responsibility including compliance with environmental laws and regulations,” the Mayor said.
Funeral establishments had been identified as potential sources of water-pollution, particularly those which have no waste water treatment facilities because the blood and other cadaver waste are being flushed into their drainage during embalming process.
The QC government has partnered with the LLDA and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the implementation of anti-pollution strategies.(Maureen Quiñones, PAISO)
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