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Thursday, March 15, 2012
BAYBAY CITY - The newly approved Clean Air Code received praises from local officials of Matalom, Hindang, Hilongos and Abuyog, and other towns in the 5th district.
Abuyog Vice Mayor Emmanuel Gacis said they would enforce in their town the measure authored by Leyte 5th district Board Member Carlo Loreto.
“The ordinance would serve as support in preserving and protecting our basic need which is our air. We are glad that our municipality holds no record of stationary violators of this code,” Gacis said.
“Nevertheless, this does not depart from our responsibility to instill in the mind of our people the importance in maintaining the freshness and healthful status of our air,” he added.
Mayor Elpidio Cabal of Hindang expressed similar warm alliance in making the implementation of Clean Air Code in his town as comprehensive as possible.
“I am positive that with the passage of the Clean Air Code, ordinary citizens will be more vigilant against erring law enforcers,” the mayor said.
“As a father, who stands to protect my people, I am happy because this ordinance would increase the awareness and desire of my people to directly charge anyone who pollutes our air,” Cabal added.
Hilongos Councilor Rainier Flanco expressed similar support for the code.
“I am with the good faith and purpose of this code authored by Board Member Loreto,” Flanco said.
“The ordinance highlights dynamic involvement of the society in creating a healthy environment with breathable air,” he added.
“Likewise, I’m in accord with the endeavors of Loreto in encouraging everyone to be vigilant and innately responsible with the air we breathe,” he said.
“We, as legislators, look forward to the participation of the public in every good law we try to create. In addition, we only seek for the progress and welfare of our people,” Flanco added.
“I am humbled by the positive feedback the Clean Air Code has received so far,” Loreto said.
“This is a fitting tribute to the long hours of hard work done by the board members and staff at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board),” he said.
Loreto also mentioned the establishment of air sheds pursuant to R.A. 8749.
“We are also promoting the identification and establishment of air sheds in the province. These are the areas that will help neutralize air pollution.”
Loreto said violators of the code are subjected to P5,000 fine and imprisonment from four-six months, the maximum that may be imposed at the provincial level.
However, he emphasized that they follow the sanctions and penalties for complicated violations such as those committed by stationary sources, pursuant to the national law.
Under the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, a fine of not more than P100,000 for every day of violation against the owner or operator and an order for closure and suspension of operations shall be charged until such time that the standards have been complied with.
The code now encourages barangays and municipalities to provide bicycle lanes.
“We encourage them to have lanes for cyclists because this is a healthy way of transportation. Equally, this is beneficial to health,” Loreto said.
The Provincial Government sees hope, through involvement of the private sector, lead departments and local government units, that everybody shall give importance in protecting the environment as tantamount to survival and enjoyment of life.
Likewise, the Provincial Government recognizes the help of media in making laws understandable and meaningful to the public.
“It is therefore the sacred duty of media to translate our laws into symbols and phrases that can actually touch every person’s thoughts and feelings,” Loreto said. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)