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2009/06/05

DENR reminds public re government's phaseout campaign vs CFCs

Tacloban City (June 5) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reminded the public to be very careful when buying refrigerators or airconditioners as the country is presently taking part in the National Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) Phase-out Plan, which is a strategy to phase out the remaining consumption of CFCs in the Philippines following the Montreal Protocol phase-out schedule.

During the Philippine Information Agency's (PIA) TV Program "PANINDUGAN", hosted by PIA-8 Regional Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu, DENR Information Officer Purificacion Daloos and Forester Ramon Calumbay said that the DENR is currently involved in the reduction and eventually eliminating the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances or ODS and likewise, spearheads in the campaign on the phase-out of CFC.

This is a measure passed to mitigate the effects of climate change, Ms. Daloos said. Just by complying with this measure is already a very great contribution towards saving the environment, Ms. Daloos added.

It was that the government is implementing a regulation to inspect car air-con systems as a requirement for registration to determine the type of refrigerant used. Such is needed to build a database to determine the volume of vehicles with CFC-using systems and will serve as the basis for the government to improve its policies or regulations to eliminate CFC usage in car air-conditioners.

Chlorofluorocarbon or CFC, which is more commonly known as Freon, is a chemical compound which consists of carbon, chlorine and fluorine atoms. CFC is used by different industries as refrigerant, propellant, blowing agent, solvent, and cleaning agent.

The DENR personnel said that little contributions like tree planting, cleaning the surroundings, not throwing plastic bags and plastic candy wrappers, not burning the garbage will come a long way in saving and protecting the environment. (PIA-8) [top]

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