The EMB is a line bureau by virtue of Section 34 of the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 (RA 8749). The Bureau is mandated to Implement on a nationwide scale the six (6) important environmental laws to wit:

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


A. Advise the secretary on matters relating to environmental management

B. 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

C. Exercises 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

D. Provides secretariat support to the Pollution Adjudication Board as per EO 192

E. Provides secretariat support to the National Solid Waste Management Commission as provided for in Section 4 of RA 9003

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

– environmental criteria and standards formulation;

– environmental and compliance Monitoring; and

– study of existing and potential environmental problems and issues

G. Implement a system for the recognition of environmental laboratories

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

I. Serve as focal point agency for international agreements/commitments