Noise and Clean Air Laws


There are lots of laws about noise in the Philippines.

There’s Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act on regulating and controlling emissions—defined as “any air contaminant, pollutant, gas stream or unwanted sound from a known source which is passed into the atmosphere.” There’s also PD 984 or the Pollution Control Law to prevent, abate and control different types of pollution.

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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 984
[PROVIDING FOR THE REVISION OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 3931, COMMONLY KNOWN AS
THE POLLUTION CONTROL LAW,
AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES]

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Another Marcos-era decree (PD 1152 or the Philippine Environmental Code) establishes the standards for acceptable noise levels for communities as well as for
noise-producing equipment.

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Under RA 8749, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has sufficient powers to prescribe the implementing rules on—and penalize violations of—noise emission standards, whether for “stationary sources” like buildings, factories, facilities or installations or for motor vehicles.

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