Newsletter of the PARTNERSHIP FOR CLEAN AIR, INC. (PCA)
Philippines Country Network
Issue No. 11 (September – October 2012)
Compilation of Partnership for Clean Air, Inc.
Included in this issue:
•PCA Holds 5th Annual Clean Air Forum and General Assemble
• Road-sharing scheme for motorists, pedestrians urged
PCA Holds 5th Annual Clean Air Forum and General Assembly
Around 200 environmental stakeholders from the government, private sector, civil society groups, academe, and media group gathered at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City on July 11 to 12, 2013 to discuss how to further advance the country’s air quality management through the development and implementation of clean air plans and wider stakeholder engagement.
The 5th Annual Clean Air Forum, with the theme “Clean Air Act: Looking Back, Moving Forward”, is a two-day meeting organized annually by the Partnership for Clean Air (PCA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with the support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. Mr. Rene Pineda, president of the Partnership for Clean Air welcomed all the participants, and reiterated the PCA’s commitment on its support to the implementation of the Philippine Clean Air Act.
At the opening ceremony, DENR Undersecretary for Operations Demetrio Ignacio delivered the message on behalf of Secretary Ramon Paje. He emphasized that the combined efforts from the government, the private sector and the civil society helped reduced the total suspended particulate (TSP) levels in the National Capital Region by 29% from 2010 to 2012. He also said that the Clean Air Forum serves as an important venue to revisit past experiences in the Clean Air Act implementation and identify ways of continuing the collaboration towards cleaner and healthier air.
Message from the Department of Transport and Communications (DOTC) highlights its effort to expand and improve the mass transit systems in order to encourage people to use their cars less frequently. “We are also keen on standardizing and modernizing the way we conduct motor vehicle emission testing to encourage proper vehicle
maintenance and combat smoke belching. These are just a few of the number of ways through which we intend to contribute to the collective effort of keeping our air clean”, said Mr. Arnel Manresa, Chief of the Road Transport Planning Division, who spoke on behalf of DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
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