Region VII is geographically located in the central part of the Visayas island group located in between the two main islands of Luzon and Mindanao — and thus, designated as the Central Visayas.   It is bordered by the Visayan Sea on the North, Bohol Sea on the South, Leyte on the East and  Negros Occidental on the West.  The islands of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor  constitute the whole region as  its provinces.  Its political domain  comprises as well the islets of Camotes,  Bantayan and Panglao.

Metro Cebu is the region’s premier urban, business, industrial  and services hub.   With Cebu City as the centre,  the metropolitan includes the cities of Carcar, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, Naga, and Talisay. Other urban centers in the region are Bais, Canlaon, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran and Toledo. 

Central Visayas is the sixth smallest region in the country.  It has     3 highly urbanized cities, 13 component cities and 116 municipalities with a total land area of 1.49 million hectares  (14,951 square kilometers).  Among the provinces, Negros Oriental accounts for the largest share of the regional land  (36 percent), followed by Cebu            (34 percent), Bohol (27.5 percent) and Siquijor (2 percent).


The Environmental Management Bureau is primarily tasked for the protection, conservation and management of the country’s natural resources. With the enactment of R.A. 8749 on June 23, 1999 otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department Of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was transformed from a staff bureau to a line bureau for it to be more effective in the implementation of policies, programs and projects, and enforcement of rules, regulations and guidelines on environmental management, industrial pollution control and toxic substances/hazardous wastes management. The following laws and legislation form the nucleus of the mandate of EMB: 

Under these legislations, implementing rules/regulations, standards/limiting values and guidelines are formulated, and several memoranda and administrative orders are executed for their effective implementation by the Regional Offices.