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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Makati beefs up pollution control, apprehends 3,000 smoke belching vehicles

by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

MAKATI CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) -- Strengthening its campaign to curb air pollution in the city, the local government has apprehended close to 3,000 smoke belching vehicles through continuous anti-smoke belching operations conducted during the first half of 2011.

However, based on comparative data from the Makati Pollution Control Office (MPCO), the number of apprehended vehicles has decreased by 9.13 percent from 3,186 during the same period last year.

MPCO officer-in-charge Ricardo Suarez said his office has been pursuing the intensive enforcement of City Ordinance No. 2004-032, also known as the Emission Control Code of Makati, in line with the city’s advocacy for smoke-free air.

“We will not spare any vehicle, even government vehicles, when we catch them emitting dark-colored, foul-smelling smoke on our streets. We want to maintain clean air in the city so that our residents, city workers, visitors, and passersby can breathe freely here in Makati,” Suarez said.

Suarez also said that the air quality monitoring status report of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for January to June of this year showed a 22 percent reduction in the level of air pollution in Makati, from 174 micrograms per cubic meter of suspended particulates in the same period last year to 136 micrograms per cubic meter this year. (MAKATI/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

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