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Name: Abratiguin, Jackelou P.Date Started: _______________Course & Year: BSEnE-3BDate Finished: ______________Group No.: ______Rating: ______/85__ _________Understanding Republic Act 9275Activity 1Introduction:The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (Republic Act No. 9275) intends to protect thecountry's water bodies from pollution caused by land-based sources such as industry andcommercial enterprises, agriculture, and community/household activities. As early as 1996,monitoring of the country’s rivers showed that only 51% of the classified rivers still met thestandards for their most beneficial use.It mandates theBureau to formulate and implementpolicies and strengthen partnerships with stakeholders to improve water quality in all parts of thecountry. It encourages pollution prevention and waste minimization at source and provides forthe use of economic incentives and public disclosure to ensure compliance. The rest werealready polluted from domestic, industrial and agricultural sources. It proposes a multi-sectoraland participative approach engaging all stakeholders to develop a comprehensive andintegrated strategy to avoid and reduce pollution. This Act establishes water quality standardsand regulations, as well as pollution abatement and control from land-based sources. The Actwill govern the management of water quality in all bodies of water, including fresh, brackish, andmarine waters. The State's policy shall be to prevent, control, and abate pollution of thecountry's water resources. Promote environmental strategies for the protection of waterresources formulate a national program of water quality management and promoteenvironmentally friendly and energy efficient commercial and industrial processes and productsand so on.The Act, among other things, requires the Department to designate water qualitymanagement areas in collaboration with the National Water Resources Board, as well as thedesignation of water bodies where specific pollutants from natural or man-made sources havealready exceeded water quality guidelines as non-attainment areas for the exceeded pollutantsa national sewerage and septic management program, domestic sewage collection, treatment,disposal and a national program on sewerage and septic management. An Act providing for acomprehensive water quality management and for other purposes. This Act provides for theabatement and control of pollution from land based sources, and lays down water qualitystandards and regulations.

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