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:
• Air pollution causes 3 in 5 lung cancer cases – expert
• Japanese experts share strategy to solve Metro Manila traffic
• Japan’s No. 1 E-Scooter Maker Seeking to Set-up Shop in the Philippines
• DENR Bans Backyard Burning of Garbage
• PCA Joins the Launch of Happy Go Jeepney
AIR POLLUTION CAUSES 3 IN 5 LUNG CANCER CASES – EXPERT
By: Jefferson Antiporda
The Manila Times.Net
A lawmaker on Monday expressed dissatisfaction over the implementation of the Clean Air Act particularly the campaign against excessive motor vehicle emission that remains the leading cause of Metro Manila’s air pollution, tabbed as the cause behind three of every five lung cancer cases.
Sen. Loren Legarda said that while there were reports that air quality in Metro Manila has improved, she personally believes that there is a lot of things that should be done in order to provide the public clean air.
“We need to intensify the campaign against smoke belching and strictly monitor emission testing centers,” she said.
(Please see: http://manilatimes.net/index.php/news/nation/30827-air-pollution-causes-…)
JAPANESE EXPERTS SHARE STRATEGY TO SOLVE METRO MANILA TRAFFIC
By: Matikas Santos
MANILA, Philippines – Experts from Japan have kicked off a two-day seminar with government agencies including the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to share their Intelligent Transport System (ITS) that could provide a solution to the traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said in a statement Tuesday that “this seminar is a great opportunity to learn and analyze various ITS project and technologies of Japan across Asia and Brazil in South America and identify the most adaptable solution to the snarling traffic in the Philippines that has become a perennial problem.” (Please see:http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/277280/japanese-experts-share-strategy-to-s…)
JAPAN’S NO. 1 E-SCOOTER MAKER SEEKING TO SET-UP SHOP IN THE PHILIPPINES
Article from BBC TopGear Philippines
Terra Motors, Japan’s leading electric scooter manufacturer, is looking to enter the Philippine market “as part of its business expansion strategy into other Asian markets,” following its successful launch in Vietnam and Taiwan.
Terra Motors was established in Japan in April 2010. Two years later, it has become the number one electric scooter manufacturer in its home country, with over 3,000 units sold to capture 30 percent of the market.
Eager to build on its success in Japan, Terra Motors has now shifted its focus to the Asia-Pacific region since the region reportedly accounts for 80 percent of the world’s scooter and motorcycle market.(Please see: http://www.topgear.com.ph/news//japan-s-no-1-e-scooter-maker-seeking-to-…)
DENR BANS BACKYARD BURNING OF GARBAGE
By: DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—The burning of garbage in one’s backyard is among the common practices the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hopes to put an end to following an agreement with several cities to minimize toxic emissions from household trash.
The DENR on Thursday signed a deal with the mayors of the cities of Butuan, Bacolod, Cabanatuan, Legazpi, General Santos and Iloilo to formalize their participation in the Integrated Persistent Organic Pollutants Project or IPOPS, officials said.
The mayors committed themselves to reducing pollutants called “dioxins” and “furans” in their respective localities not only in backyards but in their cities’ dumps.
“Dioxins and furans are two of what we call the ‘dirty dozen’ chemicals whose worldwide use and production are strictly covered by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants signed in 2001 because of their long-term serious impact on the environment and public health,” said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje in a statement. (Please see:http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/284324/denr-bans-backyard-burning-of-garbage)
PCA JOINS THE LAUNCH OF HAPPY GO JEEPNEY