DENR wants to stop operations of Jollibee stores in Calapan
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants to close down fast food restaurants in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro — including two stores under Jollibee Food Corp. — for operating without discharge permits and releasing partially treated wastewater exceeding the allowable DENR effluent standards.
The Cease and Desist Order (CDO), which was sent out to these stores, specified that Chowking Foods Corporation (Calapan) and Jollibee Foods Corporation (Calapan I and II) continuously release wastewater without a discharge permit, a clear violation of the provisions of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9275 or The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.
The CDO also cited that the establishments discharge wastewater that not only threaten but “in fact contributed to the failing quality of the receiving body of water, in this case, the Calapan River, which is an established Water Quality Management Area.”
“Latest results insofar as monitoring of the Calapan River is concerned showed that for most parts, the water quality guideline of 7 mg/L for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) has been exceeded,” the Order stated.
As such, the CDO was immediately implemented by sealing the restaurants’ water facilities from their kitchens to the comfort rooms (faucets, kitchen sinks, lavatory, sewer lines, outlet pipes,etc); and by posting a notice of their violations to the public.
Aside from the closure, the establishments are also liable for fines ranging from P10,000 to P200,000 per day of violation in accordance with RA 9275 and its implementing rules and regulations.