Over 200 advocates and supporters from the government, private sector and the civil society will tackle financing mechanisms to strengthen the implementation of air quality improvement programs in the country on July 30-31, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
Also expected to keynote the events are Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje and Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas.
Organized by the Partnership for Clean Air, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the 4th Annual Forum aims to provide a venue for exchanging innovative ideas on how and where to source funds for programs and projects on clean air.
With the theme, “Financing Mechanisms for Clean Air Strategies and Technologies,” speakers from Clean Air Initiative-Asia, Department of Transportation and Communications, Metro Manila Development Authority, Metro Manila Anti-Smoke Belching Association (MMASBA), Bank of the Philippine Islands, Foundation for Sustainable Societies, Inc., Peace and Equity Foundation, and Foundation for Philippine Environment are all set to discuss various financing schemes during the two-day forum.
The annual gathering is being held in support of the Clean Air 10 Declaration signed by clean air advocates in 2009. The declaration highlighted 10 attainable goals that different sectors can work on to help government achieve its goal of improving the quality of air in the country.
Strategies identified to reduce emissions include the shift to environment-friendly fuel types, reduction in the sulfur content of fuel, introduction of vehicle emissions control technology, implementation of vehicle inspection and maintenance program, implementation of improved traffic management plans, establishment of ambient air quality monitoring network, implementation of stricter motor vehicle standards, improvement in operator driving skills, strengthening of monitoring of private emission testing centers, among others.###