The EMB is mandated to implement the following national environmental laws:

PD 1586 (Environmental Impact Statement System)
RA 6969 (Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990)
RA 8749 (Clean Air Act of 1999)
RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000)
RA 9275 (Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004)
RA 9512 (Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008)
Under E.O. 192, EMB is mandated to provide research and laboratory services; and serve as secretariat in the adjudication of pollution cases.

Under EO 320, EMB is designated as the secretariat of the Designated National Authority for CDM of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


Vienna Convention for the Protection of Ozone Layer
Montreal Protocol on the Protection of the Ozone Layer
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Use
Other International Commitments


– Advise the Secretary on matters relating to Environmental Management

– Formulate plans and policies and set appropriate environmental quality standards (Water, Air And Noise) for the prevention, control of pollution and protection of the environment

– Exercise direct supervision over its regional offices in the implementation of plans and programs. The central and regional offices of the bureau discharge both staff and regulatory functions

Issue permits, clearances Under RA 8749, RA 9003, RA 9275, RA 6969 and PD 1586 and monitor compliance to said laws
– Provide secretariat support to the pollution adjudication board per EO 192

– Provide secretariat support to the National Solid Waste Management Commission as provided for in Section 4 of Ra 9003

– Develop and implement a research and development program in support of the following:

Environmental And Compliance Monitoring; And
Study of existing and potential environmental problems and issues
– Implement a system for the recognition of environmental laboratories

– Promote public information and education to encourage participation of an informed citizenry in environmental quality planning and monitoring.

– Serve as focal point agency for international agreements/commitments