ECC or CNC, which one do I need?

If you are constructing any project in the Philippines, you will have to get an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) or Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB). So how does one tell which one they need to apply for?

The DENR-EMB Memorandum Circular (MC) 2014-005, is the main reference for classifying a project under the Philippine Environmental Impact Study (EIS) System. Depending on what industry the project falls under, the project may be classified as:

  • Category A – an Environmentally Critical Project (ECP) required to secure an ECC
  • Category B – a Non-Environmentally Critical Project (Non-ECP) required to secure an ECC
  • Category C – Not Covered by the Philippine EIS System may secure CNC

The basis for categorization is different per industry. But regardless of the thresholds used: 

  • Category A projects – must submit a full EIS to the DENR-EMB Central Office 
  • Category B projects – can be big or small
    • Big projects – require a full EIS submission to the DENR-EMB Regional Office
    • Small projects – require an Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) Checklist (online submission)
  • Category C Projects – require the preparation of a Project Description (PD) for submission online with a CNC application

For example, let us look at Section 3 “Resource Extractive Industries” subsection 2.2.4, “Grazing Projects”:

Sample Thresholds for Grazing Projects

The first thing we want to look at is the bottom row, which shows us the kind of threshold that applies for the industry of our project. We can see that categorization depends on Animal Units. Let us assume that our example project has 150 Animal Units. This would mean that the project is:

  1. Covered by the Philippine EIS System and required to secure an ECC (top row)
  2. Categorized as a Category B project, Non-ECP (2nd row)
  3. Required to submit an EIS to the DENR-EMB Regional Office (3rd row)

All industries are covered in MC 2014-005, allowing any project proponent to screen their project and determine what their requirements are. If you need help screening your project you can call at (02) 8929-2778 or email us at We can also prepare EIS submissions, IEE Checklists, and provide guidance on CNC applications.

Apercu Consultants Wins Back-to-back Exemplar EIAs

On November 7, 2018, Apercu Consultants, Inc. was awarded for producing an Exemplar Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report in the Environmentally Critical Projects category. The project proponent was Olympia Violago Water and Power, Inc. for the OVPI WAWA 500MW Pumped-Storage Hydropower Project. The award was given by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at their special convention for Environmental Impact Assessments, EIA @ 40 “Delivering Sustainable Solutions”.

This marks a back-to-back win for Apercu! The last EIA convention was held on June 19-21, 2013, and Apercu was also awarded for producing an Outstanding Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), also in the Environmentally Critical Projects category. The project proponent was Therma South Inc, for the Therma South 300MW CFB Power Plant Project.

Apercu Consultants, Inc. is committed to preparing word class quality reports for its partners, and is proud to be recognized by the DENR. We would like to thank our partners for allowing us to work with them and do our part in promoting sustainability for the Philippine environment.

Reuse Kitchen Water

Reuse kitchen water to help conserve. Water from washing vegetables and steaming food can still be used to water plants. Just make sure you wait for steaming water to cool down before using it!apercu-kitch2en

Leaky Toilets Waste Water

Leaky toilets are sometimes hard to observe, and can waste precious water and increase your water costs. To check for leaks in your toilet, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color seeps into the bowl without flushing, that means your toilet has a leak and must be fixed by a plumber.

Leaky Toilets Waste Water

Check Hidden Water Leaks

Hidden water leaks, even minor ones, can become costly when left unfixed. Even if you do not see any leaks around your home, most of your plumbing system is hidden, and it is possible that you are paying for leaking water. Good thing it is easy to check for hidden leaks in your own home. First turn off all water use in the house and take a reading from your water meter. Wait one to two hours, then take another reading. If the reading has changed, then you have a hidden water leak. Call in a plumber to find the leak and fix it as soon as possible.



Upgrade to WaterSense Fixtures

Upgrade to WaterSense fixtures to conserve water and save on your water costs. WaterSense labels can be found on plumbing fixtures for your home, such as faucets, toilets and shower heads.

What is WaterSense?

These products are given the WaterSense label when they have proven to use at least 20% less water without sacrificing performance, translating to 20% savings in your monthly water bill.

How much will I save?

If the average household uses 45 liters of water a month, this equates roughly to Php320 worth of savings for the average Filipino household per month, or Php3,840 pesos a year. Taking a toilet as an example, a cost of Php10,000 would be recouped in just three (3) years of the toilets 30+ years of usefulness.