Projects / Activities

1.      Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET)

  • Wet Deposition Monitoring in Metro Manila, Los Baños and Mt. Sto. Tomas in Benguet (Parameters: pH, EC, NH4, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, SO42-, NO3-, and Cl-)
  • Dry Deposition Monitoring in Metro Manila, Los Baños and Mt. Sto. Tomas in Benguet (Parameters: Aerosol - NH4+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, SO42-, NO3-, and Cl-; Gas - NH3, SO2, HNO3, and HCl-)
  • Inland Aquatic Environment Monitoring in Mojicap, Pandin, Bunot, Calibato, Palakpakin, Sampaloc, and Yambo Lakes and Ambulalakao Lake in Kabayan, Benguet (Parameters: pH, EC, NH4+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, SO42-, NO3-, Cl-, Alkalinity, PO43-, and NO2-) 
  • Soil and Vegetation Monitoring in Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve; UP Laguna-Quezon Land Grant; La Mesa Dam Watershed and Boneco Long Term Research Station in Itogon, Benguet
    • Soil Parameters: Moisture Content; pH (H2O) and pH (KCl); Exchangeable Base Cations (CA, Mg, K and Na); Exchangeable Acidity; Exchangeable Al, H; Effective Cation Exchangeable Capacity (ECEC); Carbonate Content (for calcareous soil); Total Carbon Content; Total Nitrogen Content; Available Phosphate; and Sulfate;
    • Vegetation Data: Description of Trees @ 7.98 m radius (height > 1.3 m); @ 11.28 m radius (DBH > 4 cm); and @ 17.85 m radius (DBH > 18 cm); Photographic Record of Tree Decline; Observation of Tree Decline; and Understorey Vegetation Survey   

2.      Analyses of Environmental Samples and Proficiency Test Samples

  • Air
  • Biota (Fish/Shellfish)
  • Leachate
  • Sediment/ Sludge/Soil
  • Water and Wastewater 

3.      Capacity Building, e.g. ISO 17025, Equipment Calibration

4.      Development of Soil and Sediment Quality Guidelines

5.      Ecological Indicators of Pollution

6.      Lake Characterization Study (Inland Aquatic Environment Monitoring)

7.      Environmental Laboratory Recognition

8.      Environmental Sample Collectors Registration

9.      Inter-laboratory Comparison Exercises for EMB-DENR Laboratory Analysts
    (Lectures, Sampling and Analyses) 




NO2, SO2 (Ambient Air & Stationary Source Emission)


BOD5,Cadmium, COD, Coliform  (Total, Fecal), Color, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Oil & Grease, pH, TDS, TS, TSS, Zinc

10.   Manila Bay Monitoring



Bathing Water

Total and Fecal Coliforms


Total and Fecal Coliforms, Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn

Water Ammonia

Chlorophyll-a, DO, PO43-, TSS, Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn

11.   Metro Manila Drinking Water Quality



Drinking Water

Total and Fecal Coliforms

12.   Pasig River Monitoring




Ammonia, BOD5, DO, NO3- , NO2- , PO43-, Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn 

13.   Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Monitoring

  • Parameter

o   Aldrin; alpha-BHC; beta-BHC; delta-BHC;   gamma-BHC (lindane); 4,4’-DDD; 4,4’-DDE; 4,4’-DDT; Dieldrin, Endosulfan I; Endosulfan II; Endosulfan sulfate; Endrin; Heptachlor; Heptachlor epoxide; Methoxychlor;Total PCBs

14.  Proficiency Testing

15.  PAWB  Lagoon Monitoring



Total and Fecal Coliforms


Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Zinc


Ammonia, BOD5, Chlorophyll-a,   COD, Conductivity, Cyanide, DO,   Nitrate, Nitrite, pH, Salinity,   Temperature, Turbidity

16.   Leachate Characterization Study

  • Matrix : Leachate, Water (Deep Well, Creek, River)
  • Parameters: 


Cadmium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc


Alkalinity, Ammonia, BOD, Chloride, COD, Color, EC, Hardness, Nitrate, pH, Phosphate, TDS, TS, TSS


Aldrin; alpha-BHC; beta-BHC; delta-BHC;  gamma-BHC (lindane); 4,4’-DDD; 4,4’-DDE; 4,4’-DDT; Dieldrin, Endosulfan I; Endosulfan II; Endosulfan sulfate; Endrin; Heptachlor; Heptachlor epoxide; Methoxychlor;Total PCBs

17.   Support to Sylvatrop Editorial Board

18.   Tap Watch Project

  • Consolidation of results of analyses on tap water samples for Total and Fecal Coliforms submitted by EMB Regional Laboratories: Regions 1-13, ARMM, CAR & NCR 

19.   Training of Laboratory Analysts 

  • EMB Analysts
  • Non-EMB Analysts
  • On-the-Job Training of Students

20.   Toxicity Testing Project

·         96-Hour Acute Toxicity Tests


: Asenic, Cadmium, Cyanide, Mercury, Nitrate

Reference Toxicant

: Cadmium

Test Organism

: Milkfish (Chanos chanos) fry; Bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis) fry; Common carp (Nubilus carpio) fry

Test End Point

: 96-hr Median Lethal Concentration, LC50

21.   UNEP/GEF South China Sea Strategic Action Program (SCS-SAP) Implementation

  • Project Components:
    • Mangroves 
    • Non-Oceanic Coral Reefs
    • Seagrass
    • Wetlands
    • Land-based Pollution 
    • Fisheries
    • Economic Valuation
    • Legal Matters

22.   UNEP Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA)  Project

  • Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone
  • Coastal Erosion

23.  Maintenance /Calibration/Upgrading of Laboratory Facilities

24.  Upgrading of EMB Laboratory Facilities