ILOILO City Government is intensifying its anti-littering and anti-smoke belching drives that will prioritize the public-private partnership in dealing with violators.

The move will also define the role of the citizenry in helping and making the city clean from littered garbage.

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City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has instructed Engr. Noel Hechanova of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) to mobilize the campaign against anti-littering as a violation of Republic Act 9003, or the Solid Waste and Ecology Management Act.

The enforcement team of the City Solid Waste Management Board headed by Superintendent Eugenio Espejo of the city police office will put more vigor in the anti-littering campaign, in collaboration with the Iloilo Integrated Bar of the Philippines, other private organizations and Cenro.

The city is also set to revive the anti-smoke belching program in collaboration with the Iloilo City Coalition on Clean Air and Climate Change, in a need to mitigate green house gas and air pollutants, mostly caused by rapid growth of the transportation industry.

The coalition is composed of representatives from the transport groups of taxis, tricycles, jeepneys and vans, energy sector, business, academe, non-government organizations, National Government agencies and local government unit.

The anti-smoke belching campaign is embodied in Republic Act 8749 or the Clean Air Act of 2009, and empowers local government units to lead in local actions against air pollution and climate change, as well as their impacts of public health and the environment.

The city is also set to coordinate and collaborate with the Metro Iloilo Airshed Governing Board spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its Environmental Management Bureau.

Hechanova said an ongoing emission inventory is being conducted in cooperation with the Land Transportation Office.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines will also help in drafting a new city ordinance that will spell out fines and penalties to violators. (Lydia C. Pendon)