Some 3,000 workers will be back at work after the factory of Republic Biscuit Corporation (REBISCO) located at Barangay Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon was recently granted a Temporary Lifting Order (TLO) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Pollution Adjudication Board (DENR-PAB) last March 12 in relation to the Cease and Desist Order (CDO) issued by DENR-PAB for failing to meet effluent standards.

It can be recalled that Rebisco was initially ordered closed by the DENR-PAB last November 2020 after results of water samplings of its wastewater effluent revealed it failed to pass the standards set by Republic Act 9275 or The Clean Water Act.

The TLO came after the company filed a motion for a Temporary Lifting Order after submitting documentary requirements such as a comprehensive pollution control program which includes rehabilitation, redesigning, retrofitting and upgrading of its wastewater treatment facility (WTF) costing P6.5 million, a surety bond of P1.625 million, and proof of employment of newly hired Pollution Control Officer, among others.

Accordingly, the TLO gave the company ninety (90) to operate wherein during that period, it shall implement the necessary improvements on their WTF. Subsequently, the DENR-EMB will conduct water sampling every 30 days and should the company still fail to comply the DENR standards after the 90-day period has lapsed, the closure order shall be automatically reimposed.

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Photos below show the removal of locks of one of the valves at Rebisco factory wastewater treatment facility.

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Read full text of the Temporary Lifting Order below.

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info and photos by LGU Manolo Fortich

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