A. Purpose of this Report
This is the report on the accomplishments and activities of the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) for the five-year period covering 2008 to 2012. This report highlights the mandates of the PAB under Executive Order (E.O). 192 of 1987 and the 1987 Administrative Code (E.O. 292) and its role as a quasi-judicial mechanism to enforce environmental laws and regulations, specifically, the R.A. 8749 (Clean Air Act), R.A. 9275 (Clean Water Act), R.A. 6969 (Hazardous, Toxic and Nuclear Substances Act), R.A. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act), and DENR Administrative Orders No. 34 and 35 (on the classification of water bodies and water quality standards).
The purpose of this report is to present to the Philippine Government and the community of environmental stakeholders the PAB's accomplishments in the adjudication
of pollution cases.
B. Adjudication of Pollution Cases as Tool for Enforcing Environmental Laws and Regulations
The responsibilities of the Pollution Adjudication Board as a quasi-legal mechanism in enforcing environmental laws and regulations in support of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB's) are highlighted n this Report. Establishments that fail to comply with regulations in spite of the persuasions at the local level by the EMB regional offices are brought to the PAB for adjudication of their pollution cases.
In many cases, the adjudication process has brought violating establishments to compliance by installing and operating the necessary pollution control facilities.
This has also provided and confirmed lessons that violating environmental laws and regulations can be costly to the company's operations. Aside from paying fines, they
have to suspend their roduction because of the Cease and Desist Order issued by the PAB, and thereby lose economic and financial opportunities and even client/buyers .