AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT

AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Republic Act No. 8749, otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, provides the policy framework for the country’s air quality management program.  It seeks to uphold the right of every Filipino to breathe clean air by addressing air pollution from mobile and stationary sources.

The law adheres to the Constitutional right of people to “a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature.” It also believes in the principle that “polluters must pay,” because a clean and healthy environment is for the good of all and should, therefore be the concern of all. 

RA 8749 focuses primarily on pollution prevention rather than control by encouraging cooperation and self-regulation among citizens and industries. It also enforces a system of accountability for adverse environmental impacts to heighten compliance to government environmental regulations. 

Some of the programs or activities implemented to achieve this objective are: Linis/Ligtas Hangin Program with the Bantay Tambutso, Bantay Tsimnea and Bantay Sunog; industrial enforcement program for stationary sources; designation of attainment and non-attainment area sources; promotion of clean fuel; and strong collaboration between government and stakeholders on measures to address pollution.  

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Some of the programs or activities implemented to achieve this objective are: Linis/Ligtas Hangin Program with the Bantay Tambutso, Bantay Tsimnea and Bantay Sunog; industrial enforcement program for stationary sources; designation of attainment and non-attainment area sources; promotion of clean fuel; and strong collaboration between government and stakeholders on measures to address pollution.
 
RA8749 assigns the DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), as the lead agency in the overall implement
ation of the law’s provisions, but mandates the following government agencies to support the Act:
  • Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
  • Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Local Government Units (LGUs)
  • Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
  • Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA)
  • Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)
Links: For more data on air quality management, please click here:http://www.emb.gov.ph/air/air1.htm

To download a copy of the Clean Air Act (.pdf format), please click  here:  http://www.emb.gov.ph/mmairshed/Policies/ra8749-clean%20air%20act.pdf 
 
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