IMPLEMENTATION OF CLEAN AIR REGULATIONS

Monitoring and Enforcement

1  Industrial Compliance

Industries monitored and surveyed for the month of January to June of CY 2020 in compliance with RA 8749 is two hundred fourteen (214) and thirty-three (33), respectively. Due to COVID19 Pandemic, monitoring is based on submitted Source Emission Test Reports, Quarterly Self-Monitoring Report (SMR) and Compliance Monitoring Report (CMR) of the industries under the jurisdiction of CALABARZON Region. Table below shows the number of firms monitored per province.

Table 11. Compliance Monitoring for Air

Province Annual Target Accomplishment
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total %
Cavite 482 60 26 10 16 26 138 29
Laguna 588 35 92 61 39 61 93 381 65
Batangas 498 25 47 38 20 52 50 232 47
Rizal 275 20 74 46 30 0 38 208 76
Quezon 302 15 74 27 10 13 0 139 46
TOTAL 2,145 95 347 198 109 142 207 1098 51

 

Table 12. Survey of Firms and PETC Monitoring

Activity Annual Target Accomplishment
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total %
Survey of Firms 210 66 13 1 80 38
PETC Monitoring 60 25 7 2 34 57

 

The region has also evaluated and approved forty-two (42) test plans for industries from different accredited third-party stack testers.

 

2   Airshed Management

EMB Calabarzon has an existing airshed, which was the Mak-Ban Geothermal Airshed (DAO 2009-02). Consecutive meetings were done for the previous year regarding the operationalization of this airshed. For this year 2020, organizing the airshed governing board will be the main target. This includes convening of board members, formulation of governing rules and organization of Executive Committee, Technical Working Group (TWG) and Multi-sectoral Monitoring Team. Formulation of Action Plan and Organizational Development of the Governing Board will be part of our 2021 target for the airshed.

Since the COVID19 Pandemic, we were not able to meet the original target for the airshed and we’ve come up with a contingency plan (see Table 1) for the operationalization of MAK-BAN Geothermal Airshed. Meetings and trainings will be conducted through an online platform (ex. Zoom or Teams).

Table 13. Operationalization of MAK-BAN Geothermal Airshed

KEY RESULT AREA STRATEGIES PERFORMANCE INDICATORS MEANS OF VERIFICATION TIME FRAME RESPONSIBLE AGENCY REMARKS
I. Organization of Governing Board
1. Convening of Board members Send reiteration letter to the members of the Board who have not yet responded with the initial letter (sent on December 5, 2019) for the submission of names of their representative/s Completed names of representative/s of each member agency and LGU in the Governing Board Appointment letter from each member agency, LGU, NGO, PO and private sector in the Governing Board 3rd Quarter CY 2020 DENR EMB Communication letter will be sent via IIS and email.
Conduct of assembly meeting with the NGO, PO and private sector for the selection of their representatives in the Governing Board Completed names of representative/s of each member NGO, PO and private sector in the Governing Board Notice of meetings, attendance sheet, Minutes of Assembly Meetings conducted 3rd Quarter CY 2020 DENR EMB
Convening of Organizational Meeting No. of meetings conducted Notice of meetings, attendance sheet, Minutes of Meetings conducted 3rd Quarter CY 2020 DENR EMB Meeting will be conducted through ZOOM/TEAMS
2.Formulation of Governing Rules Conduct of meeting/workshops for the formulation of Governing Rules No. of meeting/workshop conducted Notice of meeting/workshop, Attendance sheet, Minutes of workshop/s conducted, Board Resolution and approved Governing Rules 4th Quarter CY 2020 DENR EMB
3.Organization of Executive Committee, Technical Working Group and Multi-sectoral Monitoring Team Conduct of Board meeting No. of meeting conducted Notice of meeting, Attendance sheet, Minutes of meetings conducted, Board Resolution 4th Quarter CY 2020 DENR EMB
II.Formulation of Action Plan
1.Review and approval of the draft Action Plan Conduct of meeting/workshops for the review and approval of Action Plan No. of meeting/workshop conducted Notice of meeting/workshop, Attendance sheet, Minutes of workshop/s conducted, Board Resolution and approved Action Plan 1st Quarter CY 2021 DENR EMB & AIRSHED GOVERNING BOARD Meeting will be conducted through ZOOM/TEAMS.
III.Organizational Development of the Governing Board
1.  Training for the members of the Board Conduct of capacity development training with the members of the Governing Board Theoritical and Visit to existing monitoring stations of EMB and industries No. of trainings conducted Notice of training, Attendance sheet, Minutes of training conducted 2nd Quarter CY 2021 DENR EMB & AIRSHED GOVERNING BOARD Training will be conducted through ZOOM/TEAMS

 

Another objective of the region is the creation of Laguna Airshed from the existing Cavite-Laguna-Rizal Airshed based on the DAO 2011-11 or the Re-Designation of the Metro Manila Airshed into three Individual Airsheds and Establishment of its Governing Board. This airshed covers the Cities of Cabuyao, Calamba, Biñan, Sta. Rosa and San Pedro. The city’s economic background has developed fast and become industrialized that it cannot be established together with the other two provinces. Data gathered will justify the proposal for the Cavite-Laguna-Rizal Airshed to be divided into three different airsheds.

 

Table 14.  TIMETABLE FOR THE PROPOSAL OF CCBSS AIRSHED

KEY RESULT AREA STRATEGIES TIME FRAME REMARKS
I. Gathering of Data
i. Meteorological Data (wind speed and direction) of the area Request data from PAG-ASA 3rd Quarter CY 2020 Request letter will be sent through IIS/email if needed
ii. NAMRIA – generated topographic maps or GIS 3rd Quarter CY 2020 Request letter will be sent through IIS/email if needed
iii. Population distribution Gather latest data from Philippine Statistics Authority 3rd Quarter CY 2020
iv. Land use map Request data from City Planning and Development Office 3rd Quarter CY 2020 Request letter will be sent through IIS/email if needed
v. Major sources of emission, point and non-point, or emission inventory; Consolidate emission and ambient test data submitted from Major industries under Calamba, Cabuyao, Biñan, Sta. Rosa & San Pedro 4th Quarter CY 2020
vi. Air Quality Data Consolidate data from Sta. Rosa and Biñan CAAQM Stations 4th Quarter CY 2020
II. Proposal for the Designation of CCBSS Airshed Draft proposal for the designation of CCBSS Airhsed. 1st Quarter CY 2021 Submission via IIS
For review and approval of EMED Chief and the EMB Regional Director 1st Quarter CY 2021 Submission via IIS
Once approved by the EMB Regional Director, proposal will be endorsed to EMB Central Office for their evaluation and assessment. 2nd Quarter CY 2021 Submission via IIS

 

A.03.b1.2.3  Air Quality Monitoring Stations

The DENR-EMB CALABARZON Region has an existing five (5) air quality monitoring stations. Three (3) of which is Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) which are located in Antipolo, Rizal and Biñan & Sta. Rosa, Laguna; another station is located in Indang, Cavite which monitors Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone and Particulate Matter; and a Mercury (Hg) Monitoring station which is located at Calaca, Batangas. Further, not all stations are fully operational.

Table 15. Status of Air Quality Monitoring Stations

EQUIPMENT LOCATION PARAMETERS MEASURED REMARKS
 

DOAS – CAAQMS

o   Antipolo City, Rizal

 

PM10/2.5, SO2, NO2, O3, CO, BTX Partial operation. For repair/installation of power supply for gases analyzers (NO2, O3, CO).
  o   Biñan City, Laguna

 

PM10/2.5, SO2, NO2, O3, CO, BTX Full operation
  o   Santa Rosa City, Laguna

 

PM10/2.5, SO2, NO2, O3, CO, BTX Partial operation. Parts of PM10/2.5 analyzer are for replacement.
CAAQMS o   Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite

 

PM10/2.5, NO2 and O3 Not operational

NO2 analyzer is for replacement;  PM10/2.5 for repair and calibration; and  O3 was repaired but not yet installed. CAVSU will repair the power supply after the ECQ.

Mercury (Hg) Station o   Calaca, Batangas Hg not yet operational but was already installed.

 

Air Quality Data

Table 16. Air Quality Data of Antipolo Station

Criteria Pollutant Monitored Month Monthly Average No. of Hour No. of Days Data Capture Rate % Concentration (24-hour Average) Quarter Average
Min Max
PM2.5 Jan 20.74 525 21 68% 5.77 48.32 16.4721
Feb 13.59 579 26 84% 6.07 25.07
Mar 15.09 632 28 90% 6.16 41.05
Apr 13.55 570 25 81% 6.06 26.50 18.1986
May 20.81 519 16 52% 8.11 46.02
Jun 20.24 498 23 74% 9.80 28.12
PM10 Jan 28.55 563 23 74% 7.23 58.07 22.1168
Feb 18.92 607 27 87% 10.16 29.61
Mar 18.88 684 31 100% 6.46 51.42
Apr 15.46 612 27 87% 8.18 30.27 21.7425
May 26.45 519 15 48% 10.73 47.96
Jun 23.32 572 19 61% 11.36 33.30

 

Table 17. Air Quality Data of Biñan Station

Criteria Pollutant Monitored Month Monthly Average No. of Hour No. of Days Data Capture Rate % Concentration (24-hour Average) Quarter Average
Min Max
PM2.5 Jan 11.94 684 27 87% 3.26 32.28 8.9302
Feb 7.25 696 26 84% 3.36 13.27
Mar 7.59 692 31 100% 3.26 30.36
Apr 8.26 596 22 71% 3.60 19.21 11.0839
May 13.14 428 17 55% 4.29 21.38
Jun 11.85 607 23 74% 4.80 19.26
PM10 Jan 13.56 682 29 94% 3.21 34.51 9.7891
Feb 7.70 635 27 87% 2.96 13.69
Mar 8.10 681 31 100% 3.74 30.58
Apr 8.64 577 22 71% 4.81 17.97 11.7191
May 13.72 415 16 52% 4.41 21.99
Jun 12.80 586 21 68% 5.28 19.38

 

All parameters for both stations are within the National Ambient Air Quality Guideline Value as per RA 8749. However, for some months, the data capture rate is a little below 75% of the data requirement because for the past three (3) months, regular maintenance (changing of filters) were stopped due to community quarantine. This is one of the reasons for low data capture rate.

Site visit after the implementation of GCQ in Laguna and Rizal.

 

Antipolo Station
TEOM1405D Screen Display
AR500s Screen Display still not operational
Field Service of EECC on

June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020 Site Visit Log sheet
Biñan CAAQM Station

 

 

 

OPSIS AR500s / Thermo Scientific TEOM1405D / Thermo Scientific Model 48i CO Analyzer

Field Service of EECC on June 9, 2020. Checking of AR500s Analyzer
EECC staff checking the wall mounted logger
CO Analyzer shows Zero Cal Error
June 9, 2020 Site Visit log sheet
Sta. Rosa Station
Field Service of EECC on June 9, 2020 for TEOM1405DF
 

Control board of TEOM1405DF indicates error (red light indicator).
Preventive maintenance for Horiba Analyzer

 

 

A.03.b1.3   Challenges (Issues and Concerns)

The COVID19 Pandemic has altered the Bureau’s workforce and had adjusted to the “new normal”. Targets were set before the pandemic; hence, necessary adjustments are needed to adjust everything including meetings and trainings for the airshed. The shifting from online meetings and webinars caused some problems because not everyone has good internet connection.

For the first three (3) months of the quarantine within the region, Laguna area has different quarantine status among the rest of the provinces as Hon Governor Ramil Hernandez announced the lockdown earlier. It hindered the regular monitoring and maintenance of air quality stations in Binan and Sta. Rosa Cities. Same reason for the Antipolo Station because the team have to pass through NCR going to Rizal province.

Industry monitoring and actions to complaints are conducted only if needed to lessen social contact. As a strategy in meeting the targets for firms monitoring, table review and evaluation of submitted documents by the proponents like SMR is being undertaken. However, review of submitted document will not be as sufficient as actual monitoring for the basis of their compliance.