LLDA Enforced a Cease and Desist Order Against KFC- Tanauan

15 January 2016 – The Laguna Lake Development Authority enforced a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) against KFC-Tanauan (Joy Food Corporation) located at No. A. Mabini St., Poblacion 2, Tanauan City, Batangas.

The LLDA Enforcement Team led by Atty. Marilou Remular, served the CDO to the said establishment for its “continued failure to conform to acceptable standards of waste water and effluent discharges.” The team was composed of Engr. Emiterio Hernandez, Department Manager III of LLDA Environmental Regulations Department (ERD), Engr. Guillermo Orgil and Engr. Noel Pascua from LLDA Enforcement Division (ED), Ms. Jessica Sumilang and Ms. Mylne Lacdao from LLDA Legal and Adjudication Division (LAD) and Ms. Mariam Usman from LLDA Public Information Unit.

On 3 December 2013, the LLDA monitoring team conducted an inspection at the establishment’s premises wherein samples of its wastewater discharges were collected and laboratory results revealed failure to conform to the effluents standards particularly in terms of PH – 5.8, Total Suspended Solids (TSS) – 470 mg/L, Color – 320 PCU, Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) – 1408 mg/L, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) – 527 mg/L, and Oil and Grease – 64 mg/L parameters.

Subsequently, an Ex-Parte Order was issued to the establishment on 5 February 2014 and was ordered to show cause within fifteen (15) days from receipt thereof.

On 2 November 2015, the LLDA monitoring team conducted an inspection once again at the establishment’s premises and the laboratory results again revealed failure to conform to the effluent standards particularly in terms of PH – 4.5, Total Suspended Solids (TSS) – 212 mg/L, Color – 500 PCU, Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) – 2480 mg/L, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) – 1428 mg/L, and Oil and Grease – 83 mg/L parameters.

In view of the alarming laboratory results of the establishment’s wastewater discharges and continuous failure to comply with the effluent standards set by law, the Authority issued an Order to the establishment to immediately cease and desist from operating and continuously operating its equipment and facilities determined to be sources of pollutive wastewater that eventually drains to the Laguna de Bay.

The said Order was issued by the Authority pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act. No. 4850, as amended by Presidential Decree No. 813 and Executive Order No. 927, Republic Act No. 9275, otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, and as Implementing Rules and Guidelines and for the respondent's deliberate, wanton and continuous discharge of wastewater without conforming to the effluent standards and shall remain in force and effect until and after the Authority has found out, to its entire satisfaction, that the used/wastewater and effluent discharges of the establishment are in compliance with the laws and the rules and regulations issued by the Authority.

Pictures of the said establishment and actual enforcement were taken and published on the LLDA official facebook page to document the said activity and for the information of the public.