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Aquagem awarded to save Lake Buhi in Bicol and Calapan Lake in the Philippines
16 October 2018
Aquagem Environment was awarded to be the consultant on conducting a Feasibility Study to save Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur, Bicol Region. Environmental Management Bureau Region 5 (EMB 5) has lead the Lake Buhi Qater Quality Management Area (WQMA) with multi-sectors to govern the solution of how to save Lake Buhi- home of the smallest fish in the Philippines. The feasibility study would focus on putting up a sewerage system and wastewater treatment facility to ensure that all wastewater complies with Clean Water Act of the Philippines.
Recently, Aquagem was also provided the consultancy for EMB Region 4 to protect Calapan Lake in Mindoro.
1700 m3/day WWTP Project in Sugarmill is finished
Aquagem Environment in partnership with EPO has been awarded a multi-million dollar Wastewater Treatment Plant project in the Philippines last July 2017. The capacity of the plant is 1700 m3/day and is one of the most difficult kind of wastewater to be treated to comply with the new Philippines discharge standards. The plant has now been built
DENR Philippines is now certified in ISO 14001:2015, the latest version of EMS after the new EMS standards publication in 15 Sept 2015
11 February 2016
The DENR was confirmed with ISO 14001:2015 certification by SGS on Feb 10, 2016 which was awarded to no less than DENR Secretary Ramon Paje during the 1st Environmental Summit at SMX MOA. Aquagem Environment has designed the DENR EMS as a corporate EMS to help deliver its mandate to protect the environment and natural resources of the Philippines. This approach will help cascade DENR policy and objectives to the rest of the DENR hierarchy accross the Philippines archipelago.
15 Dec 2015
Aquagem Environment client DENR Philippines was successfully recommended for ISO 14001:2015 certification 3 months after the new Environmental Management Systems (EMS) standards has been published last 15 Sept 2015.
The DENR target of achieving the certification to the international standards in 2015 has been achieved.
Aquagem Environment, through its Managing Director- Cecil Corloncito, has been appointed as ISO 14001:2015 consultant for DENR's quest for certification to the latest version of the Environmental Management Systems standards. This successful feat, made the DENR Central Office the first organization in the Philippines to achieve this certification of this latest ISO 14001:2015. Engr Corloncito, now Melbourne-based, is one of the pioneers of ISO 14001 and is certified to ISO 14001:2015. In 2000, Engr Corloncito was the consultant of the first environmental regulatory agency in the world, the EMB, to achieve ISO 14001 certification.
ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015 has been published
simultaneously on 15 September 2015
15 Sept 2015-The Final ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 Now Been Released simultaneously on 15 September 2015
Updated after eleven years, 'ISO 14001:2015, Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use' has been updated to reflect current practices. ISO 9001:2015 has been released together to demonstrate thst ISO mananagement standards can easily be integrated as both standards has the same number of clauses.
There have been significant changes to this new edition. Specifically for ISO 14001, its changes are:
Needs and expectations of interested parties is determined before designing an EMS
More prominent environmental management within an organisation's strategic planning
Greater focus on leadership
Inclusion of proactive environmental protection initiatives
More focus on improving environmental performance
Lifecycle thinking that considers environmental aspects
Addition of a communications strategy
Aquagem Environment is now a Trademark
23 Oct 2014
Aquagem Environment is now a Trademark. Intellectual Property Australia has approved Aquagem Environment as Trademark number 1652809. It means that dealing with Aquagem Environment and availing of its consulting services is considered best practice.
The Trademark register is for Class 42- which covers the following services: Environmental Consultancy; environmental sustainability consultancy; preparation of technical research and consultancy services in the field of carbon offsetting; social science consultancy; town planning consultancy; Engineering consultancy; advisory services relating to industrial engineering; Civil Engineering (design); civil engineering design consultancy; Engineering; Engineering design, Engineering drawing; Engineering feasibility studies; Engineering Project Management; Engineering research; Engineering testing; Industrial Engineering design services; Mechanical Engineering services (design); Preparation of engineering drawings; Preparation of Engineering reports; Research, engineering and technical consultancy for industry; setting of engineering standards; Technical engineering; technical engineering analyses.
UPDATE: Writ of Kalikasan Obando Landfill
The Court of Appeals has ruled in favour of DENR decision supported by testimony and affidavit of Aquagem founder Cecil Corloncito
15 Oct 2014
Under the Writ of Kalikasan, environmental cases in the Philippines are filed directly to the Supreme Court but the hearing is done by the Court of Appeals being a litigation court. On 21 October 2013, Aquagem's founder Engr Cecil Corloncito was admitted by the Philippines Court of Appeals as an expert witness of a case filed against a proposed landfill along the Manila Bay in Obando, Bulacan. For 3 days, Engr Corloncito was providing expert testimony based on evidence and his opinions and was allowed to provide a powerpoint presentation to the court and to the audience. The justices were provided the most logical testimony why the proposed landfill could comply with policies and regulations of the Philippines as well as the best practice guidelines for the State of Victoria in Australia.
Engr Corloncito was happy to have provided impartial and rational testimony to the honourable justices and to the attendees of the proceedings. The case was filed against the Secretary of DENR for issuance of Environmental Compliance Certificate to the proponent.
The court has deliberated and has ruled recently in favour of the DENR ECC issuance of the landfill. Eng'r Corloncito was thanked by the proponent of the landfill project.