COTABATO CITY—BARMM’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE) introduced on Sept. 11 the Electronic Permitting System to streamline the issuance of permits and certificates for environmental projects, enhancing government service efficiency.
MENRE Minister Akmad Brahim, along with other regional environmentalists, led this significant event, emphasizing that the Government is taking a crucial step toward realizing its vision for a better Bangsamoro through advanced and streamlined processes like the E-Permitting System.
The new system, initiated by the Ministry’s Environment Management Services (EMS), allows applicants to apply for various permits, including Air Pollution Source Installation, Chemical Control Order, Certificate of Non-Coverage, Environmental Compliance Certificate, EIA Registered Consultant, Hazardous Waste Registration, Pollution Control Officer Accreditation, Local Transport Hazardous Waste, TSD Registration Certificate, and Wastewater Discharge Permit.
According to EMS Director Jalani Pamlian, the launch of the e-printing system not only benefits Bangsamoro citizens but also contributes to natural resource conservation.
“Through this e-permitting system, we can not only save the environment by switching into a paperless system, but we can also make the issuance and application of environment-related permits, clearances, and certificates more efficient,” Pamlilan said.
“These things that we have developed, we have progressed, and innovated inoculated systems for almost 29 years in the former and the BARMM government. We hope that we can move forward and bring all the services of the Ministry right to the very doorstep of the Bangsamoro,” he further added.
With the e-permitting system, project proponents can conveniently submit their applications online from home or the office, streamlining the process.
Clients and stakeholders can upload their requirements, monitor their application status, and receive SMS updates via QR codes on every certificate and permit application.
This innovative project aligns with BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim’s Enhanced 12-Point Priority Agenda, promoting the protection, conservation, and management of the environment and natural resources through socially cohesive development initiatives. (Johaira Sahidala/BIO with reports from MENRE)