LLDA Disallows Operation of 2 Branches of a Fast Food Chain

Quezon City -- The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) enforced a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) against Antipolo and San Mateo branches in Rizal Province of fast food chain, Chowking, for failure to comply with the laws according to the Clean Water Act.

The two Chowking branches were issued separate CDO for their “continued failure to conform to acceptable standards of waste water and effluent discharges effectively disallowing its continued operation.” Through testing of the water discharges from these two restaurants, the LLDA found that they are sources of pollutive water which eventually drains out to the Laguna Lake.

Engr. Guillermo Orgil, Officer In Charge of LLDA Enforcement Division led the enforcement team to implement the CDO which was issued on April 30, 2015 for ChowkingAntipolo and May 11, 2015 for the San Mateo branch for their failure to conform to the standard parameters for Inland Class “C” waters.

Under the power of the LLDA-issued CDO, the Antipolo and San Mateo, Rizal branches of Chowking will not be permitted to operate until each secures the necessary Discharge Permit (DP) from the Agency. The said DP will only be issued once LLDA has determined that the used/waste water and effluent discharges of the restaurant are in compliance with the standards set by the Agency.

In conformity with the Agency’s mandate, and pursuant to the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, CDOs are issued against persons or establishments that do not conform to the standards set for the discharge of wastewater that eventually drains out to the Laguna de Bay in order to prevent such wastewater from polluting the Lake. Sec. Acosta, a three-term congressman from Bukidnon, is the principal author of the Clear Water Act.

“LLDA does not single out certain types of establishments, but strictly imposes the guidelines and regulations set on all establishments regardless of their industry type to ensure the sustainable resilience of the Laguna de Bay Basin” Sec. Acosta clarified.