Doctors ask Aquino to lead Metro air cleanup



THE PHILIPPINE Medical Association (PMA) on Saturday urged President Aquino to lead the campaign to clean up the polluted air in Metro Manila.

Dr. Leo Olarte, PMA vice president, said the group would mark National Anti-Corruption Day Sunday by launching a drive to gather a million signatures to ask Mr. Aquino to intervene in the worsening air pollution in the metropolis.

“It is important that our people should know that the major factor blocking the efforts to clean Metro Manila’s life-threatening air pollution is basically the rampant corruption happening in the enforcement of the Clean Act of 1999, the law that was enacted to safeguard air quality in the country,” Olarte said in a statement.

According to him, 80 percent of the air pollution in Metro Manila comes from the emission of motor vehicles that contains “green house gases” that in turn causes climate change and its manifestations like “super typhoons, massive rainfall, and flash floods.”

Aside from these green house gases, motor vehicle emissions also contain particulate matter which causes not only respiratory diseases and cancer but also cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, stroke and even sudden death, he added.

Olarte said that under the Clean Air Act of 1999, all motor vehicles must undergo mandatory emission testing before these can be registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

“However, due to massive corruption like ‘nonappearance motor vehicle testing’ and ‘kotong’ among some roadside antismoke belching units (ASBU), the spirit of the law was rendered impotent,” he added.

“This is why you see in our streets a lot of smoke belching motor vehicles emitting black, life threatening and environmentally hazardous smoke which causes diseases in humans and deadly climate changes as well,” he said.

Olarte announced that PMA and its other partners in the Kaisa sa Kalikasan at Kalusugan (KKK) alliance would launch the signature drive in Manila to ask the President “to lead our fight to clean the air in Metro Manila and save lives by addressing corruption.”

“We will also come up with a comprehensive television documentary explaining to our people our campaign in cleaning the air and why they need to support it. We believe in our President’s “Tuwid na Daan” program and we are hoping that if our President can join our fight, then we can make possible what many perceive as impossible,” Olarte said.

“I am referring to the cleaning of Metro Manila’s deadly air and together, we can do this very soon,” he added.

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  • charlie_oscar

    How can you fix this?  all the jeeps and buses spewing diesel fumes 24/7 –  If Manila had a light-rail (electric) mass transit system that circled the city from Roxas, NAIA to EDSA to Quezon Ave and some “cross-town” routes – and then deny permits for 20,000 jeeps…it would be a start! Also convert the city buses to nat gas!

  • 1Fz20

    unless you force the oil cartels to sell clean diesel and implement a ban on imported junk engines, and apply an honest smoke tests on used/old vehicles, theres nothing else…this is as simple as it is…other moves would just be political propaganda and lies.

  • boybakal

    Doctors ask Aquino to lead Metro air cleanup….Can Pnoy get it?
    What the doctors trying to say is…as President Pnoy should lead and follow the Clean Air Act that He should stop smoking.

  • Jay

    Taon taon dapat may Smog Check ang lahat ng sasakyan sa pilipinas.pag di nakapasa wag bigyan ng rehistro.

  • Garo Ungaro

    this is an insult to the president…he has his life and lifestyle same everybody else…while there’s some sense to this. maybe, there’s a better way of doing this…that goes to show, we can’t even respect our  own president choice…respect…respect…thats what most of us don’t have…

  • EREC

    Yes! THE PRESIDENT MUST STOP SMOKING!!!! as simple as that.

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