City enhances initiatives vs air pollution

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


THE Iloilo City is enhancing its initiatives against air pollution as part of the Clean Air Plan (CAP) program that was launched Thursday.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) turned over two anti-smoke belching units to the Iloilo City Government.

The two units will be used by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) in inspecting vehicles plying the city streets.

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City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said Department of Health Undersecretary Jeanette Garin also donated one anti-smoke belching unit to the city, while the Land Transportation Office will donate two more units.

Mabilog said the CAP project started in Iloilo City in 2009 and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the German International Cooperation (GIZ).

In Iloilo City, some of the initiatives under the clean air plan include air emission control on green house gases, establishment of transport terminals, retrofitting of street lights and government buildings into LED bulbs and introduction of liquefied petroleum gases in taxis.

Cenro chief Noel Hechanova said there are 70,000 registered motor vehicles in the city and 20 percent are for hire.

There are 4,000 tricycles that have two-stroke engines using gasoline as fuel, 5,000 jeepneys using diesel fuel, and 1,000 taxis. All the vehicles add up to gas emission leading to the green house effect, he said.

Hechanova said the initiatives were able to avoid some 29 metric tons of green house gases everyday in the city and, at the same time, decongest transport traffic by regulating the entry of provincial public transport to the city.

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