Baguio City is pilot area for Clean Air Certification in Asia

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is thankful that Baguio City was chosen as one of the pilot areas for the Clean Air Certification, an international recognition of “innovative and impactful, voluntary action towards better air quality” given by the Clean Cities Air Partnership Program (CCAP) through the Clean Air Asia (CAA).

Domogan on Wednesday, September 14 said that city may have been chosen because of its interventions to address air pollution which include the reforestation and the smoke belching tests done on vehicles.

The City of Baguio will join four other cities – Iloilo City, Santa Rosa, Laguna in the Philippines; Malang, Indonesia and Kathmandu, Nepal as pilot areas for the certification process before it will be opened to wider participation.

The CAA recognized the five cities for their expression of commitment to arrest the problem on air pollution.

Earlier, City Environment and Parks Management Office head Cordelia Lacsamana attended the 17th International Union of Air Pollution Prevention Associations (IUPPA) World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference held in Busan, South Korea last August 29.

Lacsamana explained that the Clean Air Certification is a way to build momentum to meet clean air targets and provides a mechanism for cities to learn from each other and collectively address issues, national governments to recognize and resource local commitments, research institutions to align research around identified needs and increased business and investor confidence that improves economic outcomes. PNA/