PROPERTY developer Century Communities Corp. on Monday said that it has complied with all the requirements of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for the development of a parcel of land within the La Mesa watershed, which was supposedly identified as a housing project.
In its response to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on August 18, Century Communities, a subsidiary of listed Century Properties Corp., said it has complied and is continuously complying with all the requirements set forth by the ECC – including a social development plan and the appointment of a pollution control officer for the Novaliches project
“Other requirements the company has applied for from other government agencies, such as those from the local government unit, are pending,” the company added.
Century Communities noted that certain requirements set by DENR, such as the monitoring of actual project impact versus the predicted impacts, are not applicable since the company has never commenced construction nor development on the subject property.
The company said it is ready to work with government agencies and other stakeholders to further safeguard public interest.
“As a responsible property development company, our business philosophy and practice has always been to include welfare of the communities and its environment,” the company said.
The company also claimed that it has made a thorough and comprehensive study of the development project, focusing primarily on the possible impact on the watershed and all the environs around the subject property.
The property developer said that “despite plans and the issuance of our ECC for the project in July 16, 2015, it has not commenced any development on the subject property.”
“The company has not proceeded with any development over 1 year from when the ECC was issued,” it added.
Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez earlier asked the company to explain why their ECC should not be cancelled for alleged environmental violations.
Century is the first property company facing cancellation of its ECC in relation to an environmental audit issued by Lopez
The DENR chief stressed that her stand to permanently cancel Century’s ECC is non-negotiable, even if the latter complies with the regulatory requirements.
“They have to secure the approval of the two water concessionaires operating in La Mesa, and I don’t think that they will ever get that approval,” Lopez said, stressing that she will not allow a property developer to destroy Metro Manila’s water source.
Lopez had earlier vowed that no mining operation or company will be spared from the audit.
“Everything will be audited in the light of the common good,” Lopez she said, stressing that the DENR will not hesitate to shut down any operation found to have violated environmental and health and safety laws and regulations.
“If you break the law, you face the consequences of breaking the law. Whatever the law says that’s what we should follow. If you break the law, there are penalties,” Lopez said.