Even press release - nov 6 capmi resizedwith Davao City's booming industry and development, Clean Air Philippines Movement, Inc. (CAPMI) declared Davao City as a Clean Air City and gave Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio the recognition as Clean Air Champion.

The declaration and recognition was made during a program that was held at NCCC Mall Davao. The program is a kick-off activity of Clean Air Month and Environmental Awareness Month Celebrations spearheaded by the Environmental Management Bureau-XI led by its OIC Regional Director Nestor V. Patnugot.

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According to CAPMI, Mayor Duterte was given such recognition for her personal commitment for clean and safe air for all Filipinos to breathe and her quest to bring about better protection and preservation of the country's environment and natural resources.

As Clean Air Champion, Mayor Duterte represents the hopes of the Filipino people who aspire for a better and cleaner quality of life, through good governance and righteousness to help minimize, if not eliminate, the moral degradation that contributes to the physical destruction of the nation's environment and natural resources.

"Air pollution is like an irreversible disease and we are very fortunate that Davao City residents are still breathing good air quality. But we should not be complacent," Mayor Duterte said.

She added that with Davao City being declared as Clean Air City, Davaoenos are also doing something to address problems in the coastal areas.

"Here in Davao City, we have Bantay Dagat volunteers who will conduct coastal clean-up every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month," she said.

CAPMI Chairman MIchael Aragon said that they have conducted a survey of ambient air quality of the cities within the country and found out that Davao City has a good air quality.

"Usually with progress and urbanization comes air pollution. And even though Davao City is among the progressive cities today, it still maintained its good air quality which is a proof that it is not impossible for a progressive city to also have clean air," he said.

Representing DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, EMB Director Metudio Turbella congratulated both Mayor Duterte and the citizens of Davao City for being able to maintain its fair to good air quality and expressed his hopes that this would inspire other cities to implement more policies and programs consistent with Republic Act 8749 or the Clean Air Act of 1999.

On the other hand, DENR-XI Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that Davaoenos are still blessed to have an air that is still far to unhealthy level as compared to other big cities in the country.

"To sustain a healthy air is difficult and we are very blessed to have leaders who made ordinances that are crucial and consistent to the Clean Air Act of 1999, aiming to attain a clean, green and liveable city.

Through the concerted efforts of the LGUs, NGAs and various sectors, Davao City is capable of sustaining a safe level of air quality due to its strictly-implemented ordinances such as the anti-smoke belching ordinance, anti-smoking ordinance and the firecracker ban. #TayoAngKalikasan


SMARTSeas Partners’ Forum Held

10-9 smartseas phTo provide a venue to exchange experiences, innovative ideas and community-based initiatives to enhance effectiveness of the marine protected areas (MPAs), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines and Global Environment Facility (GEF) are currently conducting a three-day SMARTSeas PH Project Partner’s Forum at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Davao City.

SMARTSeas PH Project is a five-year project that aims to strengthen the conservation, protection and management of key marine biodiversity areas in the Philippines. It also includes the establishment of biodiversity-friendly enterprise as sustainable livelihood to coastal communities.

Anchored on the theme “People and the Sea”, the forum which will run from October 9-11, 2018, is participated in by the MPA managers and practitioners from SMARTSeas project sites, partners from the local and national government agencies, civil society organizations, academic, research institutions, and private sector working on the protection and conservation of the coastal and marine environment. Read more...

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