Clean Air Asia receives Green Thumb Award in Baguio

Clean Air Asia’s contributions to improved air quality management in Baguio City were recognized with the presentation of a Green Thumb Award on April 30.

The City Government of Baguio award, given in honor of Clean Air Asia’s continued support for the city’s Sustainable Programs for the Conservation, Preservation and Protection of the Environment, acknowledged the work being done through the Cities for Clean Air Certification Program and the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia (IBAQ Programme) to help reduce urban emissions across multiple sectors.

Baguio is one of five Asian cities, and one of three in the Philippines, that is piloting the Cities for Clean Air Certification Program, which recognizes cities’ efforts in the adoption of a participatory and science-based approach to air quality management, and in the implementation of direct control measures and sustainable urban planning aimed at emission reductions.

Clean Air Asia’s Glynda Bathan-Baterina

Clean Air Asia Deputy Executive Director Glynda Bathan-Baterina said Baguio’s good practices included the establishment of a Clean Air Monitoring Committee that brought together stakeholders to discuss and act on air quality issues; the undertaking of air quality monitoring using equipment procured by the city, and starting their own emissions inventory to inform air quality management; and launching roadside inspections and monitoring to help curb transport emissions in collaboration with private emissions testing centers and public transport groups.

“We thank the Baguio City Mayor, Mauricio Domogan, for this award, and for the city’s participation in our programs,” Ms Bathan-Baterina said. “With the World Health Organization’s finding that more than 90 percent of cities in developing countries do not meet WHO guidelines for air quality, we need the help of cities such as Baguio to commit to reducing air pollution. Other stakeholders also play a vital role, including the private sector, academic institutions, and other NGOs.”

The Green Thumb Award, presented by Mr Domogan and Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana, recognizes individuals, NGOs and companies supportive of the city’s programs focused on conservation, preservation and protection of the environment. The ceremony was held as part of Baguio’s celebration of Earth Day.