campaigns for clean air
addressing the worsening, city-wide air pollution problem,
De La Salle University-Manila joined the Partnership for Clean
Air, an alliance of multi-sectors organized to promote air
quality awareness in Metro Manila. It was launched at the
Asian Development Bank on June 8.
a member of the Partnership’s Coordinating Committee, La Salle
was given the task to increase public involvement in spreading
the practice of clean air methods. It will pursue the metro-wide
campaign awareness on anti-smoke belching, cleaner and alternative
fuels, and capability-building for air quality awareness educators.
By year 2003, the Partnership envisions achieving air quality
for Metro Manila that meets international safety and health
The alliance’s metro-wide campaign concretizes the general
implementation of the Clean Air Act. It evolved from the earlier
movement called the Coalition for Cleaner Fuel that supported
last year’s lead-free campaign and lowering of sulfur content
in diesel in Metro Manila.
The Partnership’s membership drive underscores the power in
numbers and power of information. Currently, the roster of
member-designates ranges from the academe, government, non-government
organizations, civil society, business, media, and development
As multi-sectoral organizations take active part in the campaign,
the Partnership looks toward enlisting the participation of
other sectors specifically the youth and home associations.
The Partnership is supported by the Asian Development Bank
and the US-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP). It owns
and manages the Philippine air quality website www.hangin.org.
Chemical Engineering Department professor Dr. Susan Gallardo
was at hand to represent the University. Along with 61 member
designates, she participated in the discussion of the Partnership’s
governing rules and regulations, business plans, and membership
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