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Gov't eyes reg'l info centers nationwide to campaign vs ozone depleting products

Cebu City (23 April) -- With global warming becoming an international issue that pushes nations across the world to contribute to local actions against the use of ozone depleting substances (ODS) that destroy the upper atmosphere, the Philippine Government aims to put up Regional Information Centers and Networks (RICN) nationwide for an aggressive information campaign drive against ODS.

The RICN is seen as one of the most cost-effective methods of delivering the ozone protection messages identified with the use of multipliers. Multipliers are one of the target audience of the information education campaign against ODS. These multipliers are the direct recipients of the message who will re-echo the message to other targets.

The most common examples of multipliers are journalists, teachers, NGOs and information officers of different organizations.

Putting up RICN nationwide is one of the target accomplishments of the Philippine Ozone Desk based on the Philippines Country Program for ODS.

In Central Visayas, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) is scheduled to hold a one-day orientation meeting this week on the establishment of the RICN.

The Philippine is one of the signatories that ratified the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1991. The country committed to reduce and eventually eliminate its production and consumption of ODS. The ODS are man-made chemicals that have the potential to destroy the ozone layer in the earth's upper atmosphere.

Skin cancers, eye cataracts that may lead to blindness, weakened immune system, reduced plant and ocean yields and degradation of building materials are some of the drastic effects of the destruction or thinning of the earth's ozone layer.

The National Government's strategy to ensure the smooth phase-out of ODS in the country is striking a balance between the supply and demand of ODS. The supply is being controlled by the DENR through strict implementation of its ODS licensing system for the dealers, resellers and retailers of ODS.

The DENR is also currently working on reducing the demand for ODS, specifically chloro-flouro-carbon (CFCs) and to prevent the development of a black market of the controlled and banned chemicals. This is done through different non-investment activities, such as an intensive information drive on ODS phase-out. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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