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LGUs can help combat air pollution - DILG

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (19 November) -- Local government units play a very important role in solving the air pollution problem in the country.

Provincial Director Jenny Destua of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Capiz said that the local chief executives, particularly the municipal and city mayors and other local officials can surely help in preserving clean air for healthy living.

DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno has earlier called on city and town chief executives to support the Linis Hangin sa Siyudad/ Munisipyo Program being spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in time for the observance of the annual Philippine Clean Air Month this November.

The Linis Hangin program is one of the highlights of this year's Philippine Clean Air Month celebration, which is being observed during the month of November of every year in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 1109 issued in 1997.

The DENR is the lead agency in the celebration of the Clean Air Month, particularly the implementation of Republic Act 8749, otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

In his directive, Puno said city and municipal mayors should initiate activities in their respective localities to ensure the success of this year's celebration such as the issuance of city/ municipal resolution or enactment of an ordinance on air pollution control, and the inclusion of clean air policies in their respective local development plans.

Meanwhile, DENR-Capiz Forest Management Services Chief Edwin Borja said that their office continues to conduct advocacy activities, particularly on Clean Air Act, environmental protection, solid and liquid waste management as well as on massive tree planting activities.

Borja has urged the public to help in the tree planting activities because 80 percent of air pollutants are being absorbed by the trees. He pointed out that trees serve as the lungs of the earth and therefore serve as the carbon sink of air pollutants.

On the other hand, Puno said that "now is the time for us to work together and take giant steps towards a healthy and pollution-free environment." (PIA) [top]

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