Regional Ranking Committee Chairman and Regional Technical Director Maximo F. Soriano Jr. (second from right) convenes the committee members on Friday, March 1, 2013, to discuss the parameters in the evaluation for the granting of the Performance-Based Bonus under the Performance-Based Incentive System. With him are (from left) General Services Section Chief Rowena Emperio, Budget Officer Nancy Gavan, Planning and Management Division Assistant Chief Lourdes Jubelag and PENRO Antique Administrative Officer Lanie Sardina.
EMB educates operators and drivers on renewable energy
Atty. Jonathan P. Bulos (right photo), Regional Director of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB), gives his welcome message to the participants during the forum on Renewable Energy. Left photo shows him award the Certificate of Appreciation to Engr. Jeriel G. Militar (right, left photo) after his lecture on “Renewable Energy”.
Taxi operators and drivers in this city were informed about the many benefits of using renewable energy sources during a one-day forum on “Renewable Energy and LPG Utilization as Alternative Fuel for Vehicles” organized by the Metro Iloilo Airshed (MIA) at the Sarabia Manor Hotel, recently.
“This joint activity with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) aims to educate our taxi operators and drivers on the environmental and health benefits of using clean alternative fuel such as the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The less they emit toxic gases into the atmosphere, the less they contribute to air pollution,” said Atty. Jonathan P. Bulos, Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) which chairs the Metro Iloilo Airshed.
Taxi operators and drivers are gathered in the said forum since they are the immediate stakeholders and are seen as potential partners of the MIA in bringing down air pollution in the city.
A Department of Energy (DoE) 2010 Preliminary Data shows that the road transport has a greater fuel consumption of 92% while the water transport is only 8%. As to petroleum oil mix consumption, the transport sector eats up 71% while the industry consumes 11% followed by commercial and residential sectors with 8% each and the agriculture sector with only 2% consumption.
“We need to shift to renewable energy sources since most of the energy we use today come from burning of fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas). The burning of fossil fuels produced a lot of harmful by-products such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and heavy metals [that pollutes the air],” disclosed Engr. Jeriel G. Militar, Project Director of the Central Philippine University-Association of Renewable Energy Center (CPU-AREC). Other renewable energy sources being tapped are biomass, geothermal, solar, hydropower, ocean and wind, Engr. Militar added.
The Metro Iloilo Airshed has one of the most active Governing Board in the country that vigilantly monitors the air quality status in the City of Iloilo. The DENR Administrative Order No. 2005-11) dated June 10, 2005, designates the Metropolitan Iloilo Airshed and created its Governing Board. An airshed is defined as “a region sharing a common flow of air, which may become uniformly polluted and stagnant.”
DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje issued an administrative order that states “Starting January 01, 2016 all new passenger and light duty motor vehicle types to be introduced in the market shall comply with EURO 4 emission limits subject to EURO IV fuel availability." Euro 4 is a European emission standards that define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles. It helps limit toxic gases emissions into the air, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), total hydrocarbon (THC), non-methane hydrocarbons (NHMC), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM) for most vehicle types.
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