held between the executives of respondent and Engr. Morales. The latter insisted on the report of the EMB and his July 19, 2002 letter and dared it to go to court if it was not satisfied with the report and his resolution of the matter.Respondent then wrote another letter to the EMB relative to the May 24, 2002 Report of the Panel. The EMB conducted SPL measurements anew on February 4, 2003. Per its Report submitted on November 24, 2003, the EMB declared that, from the table, it is evident that the SPL measurements were high when the doors were opened compared to the readings when the doors were closed. However, the EMB emphasized that the standards in Section 78 (b) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of P.D. No. 984 could not be applied since the provisions were for ambient noise. It 74
pointed out that the SPL measurements were taken inside the building. The EMB opined that since the nature of complaint is regarding noise nuisance generated from the firm's blowers, the SPL measurements were not the critical factor in the resolution of the issue. It stated that the noise needsnot to be high or low to annoy or cause nuisance to the receptor, for as long as the complainant is disturbed with the level of sound coming from the firm, it was considered a nuisance.On July 1, 2003, respondent filed a complaint for the abatement of nuisance with damages with prayer for the issuance of a writ of preliminary and permanent injunction before the RTC of Malabon City against petitioner. The complaint alleged the following:6.The Feliza Building's airconditioning units are served by some 36 blowers, 4 blowers to eachfloor located outside the windows of the building facing directly towards the Frabella I Condominium. The 36 blowers were installed from the 2nd floor to the 10th floor of the building and these blowers are aesthetically covered by a vertical concrete sun baffles.7.[Every time] the Feliza Building's airconditioning system is turned on, all or a good number ofthe 36 blowers are made to operate simultaneously. The operation of the Feliza's blowers generates a continuous deafening unbearable vibrating and stressful noise affecting the tenants of the Frabella I Condominium. Hot air is also blasted from the [Feliza] Building's blowers to the direction of the Frabella 1Condominium.8.The tenants occupying the 5th to the 16th floors of the Frabella I Condominium facing Feliza Building are directly subjected to a daily continuous intense noise and hot air blast coming from the blowers of the[10-storey] Feliza Building. Some are tenants of plaintiff, who have complained to plaintiff about the matter. Tenants who could not bear the nuisance any longer have vacated their units, and as a result, many units of plaintiff have remained vacant, and unoccupied or uninhabitable, thereby depriving plaintiff with rental income that it should haveotherwise be receiving.