By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region has successfully reduced the region’s greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, in 2016 to 2017, which is equivalent to 106,326 liters of diesel fuel burned and emitted into the atmosphere.
DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau-Caraga Region attributed the cut on greenhouse gas emissions in the region from the implementation of the Online Permitting Management System (OPMS).
The OPMS is an online processing of different environmental permits and other requirements such as environmental compliance certificate, permit to operate, wastewater discharge permit, and self-monitoring report, among others.
EMB-Caraga Region Director Wilson Trajeco said they have conducted a study that assessed the impact of the online system from 2015 to 2017.
“We would like to determine the impact of the said online system and its link to greenhouse gas emission. The recent study revealed that with OPMS, CARAGA was able to cut 271 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from year 2016 to 2017, which is equated to the savings of 106,326 liters of diesel fuel burned and emitted to the atmosphere,” Trajeco said.
He added that through the online system, clients were also able to save time, effort, and money in the submission of requirements.
EMB-Central Office and its regional offices have already started implementing an online permitting system to improve public service, enhance transparency and reduce carbon footprint.
“We need to replicate this study to all regional offices of EMB. We also need to enhance the online permitting system by incorporating a database which automatically computes the GHG emission reduced for every submission. This will enable client to see firsthand their contribution to the reduction of carbon footprint,” Trajeco added.
In recent years, experts noted that the temperature of the global climate system is significantly increasing at an alarming rate, thereby prompting leaders worldwide to triple their efforts to combat the impact of this disturbing phenomenon.
It could be noted that under the Paris Climate Agreement, the Philippines submitted its contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce 70 percent of carbon emissions in the country by 2030, which is conditional to the financial resources, including technology development and transfer and capacity building, that will be made available to the Philippines by developed countries.