MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE NO. 012 Series of 2013

MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE NO. 012
Series of 2013

by: SB Elmer P. Hipolito

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT CODE OF ARAYAT, PAMPANGA

WHEREAS; enshrined in the highest law of the land, the Philippine Constitution, that the state shall promote the ideas of conserving and developing our Patrimony; and declares as a policy the right to a balanced ecology when it says: “the state shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature”;

WHEREAS; the Presidential Degree No. 1152, also known as the “Philippine Environment Code”, stipulated that the environment shall be recognized as a vital concern of the government;
 
WHEREAS; under Section 447, No. 1 (vi) of the Local Government Code of 1991” the Sangguniang Bayan shall protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endangered the environment xxx such as activities which result in pollution, destruction of rivers and lakes, or of ecological imbalance.

WHEREAS; protection and safeguarding of the environment is a primary concern of the ARAYAT Government to ensure the rights of ARAYAT Constituents to a balanced and healthful ecology and the freedom of ARAYATENOS to all risks, dangers and hazard of pollution which development and progress imminently generate;

WHEREAS; the Environment and Natural Resources Office is created pursuant to Ordinance 6 Series of 1998 and Article 122 (n) of R. A. 7160 as a primary arm of the Government of ARAYAT in the development and promotion of environment friendly communities for the protection and conservation of the natural resources and in preserving the ecological balance of environment and its sustained development as well as preventing and abating in ARAYAT; 

WHEREAS; the Local Government of ARAYAT has placed environment protection as a basic foundation of the sustainable development of the;

WHEREAS; the people of ARAYAT put high premium value on environment and natural resources as a pillar of community development;
WHEREAS; the Local Government recognizes that a clean and healthy environment is for the good of all and should therefore be a concern of all;

WHEREAS; the Local Government Code states that municipalities may impose and collect such reasonable fees and charges on business and occupations;

WHEREAS; the Local Government of ARAYAT, shall institutionalize Environment and Natural Resources Office, with primary function to lead, develop and implement, in coordination with relevant government agencies, a comprehensive program of environmental protection and management;
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