In a memorandum circular, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said owners of commercial establishments should also obtain environmental clearances and permits.
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DILG to LGUs: No septic system, no building permit
Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - April 30, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) should not to issue building permits to establishments with no septic tank or wastewater treatment system, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a memorandum circular, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said owners of commercial establishments should also obtain environmental clearances and permits.

“Let us learn from the lessons of Manila Bay, which became a gigantic septic tank, and Boracay, which was described as a virtual cesspool. Local governments should put their foot down by not issuing business permits to non-compliant establishments,” Año said yesterday.

He said LGUs should also ensure that residential, private and public establishments have proper sewage treatment and septic management system.

“Local governments should compel residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and government establishments... to have their own hygienic septic tank or wastewater treatment facility,” Año said.

He said septic tanks must be accessible, adding that no wastewater should be discharged to waterways without proper treatment.

Año said establishments with inaccessible or non-compliant septic tanks should connect to existing sewer lines or water utilities.

He said food establishments should also have a working and properly maintained oil and grease strap.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS MANILA BAY
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