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Beijing issues first major smog alert of winter

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Vehicles using lights travel on a bridge amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever ”red alert” for air pollution, in Beijing, China, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China’s capital Beijing imposed stringent measures to curb output of heavy industry as plunging temperatures spurred heating demand.

This, after Beijing, issued its first major smog alert of the winter for the capital.

The orange alert issued on January 11, the second-highest on China’s four-level system, comes after Beijing was reported to have made big improvements in air quality last year as industrial activity shifted away from the capital.

The ministry of environmental protection warned in a statement that heavy air pollution would envelop Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and the surrounding area from Friday until January 17.

“I think it has greater impact on the lungs of old people and kids. For example, if an old person has chronic bronchitis, he [she] must react violently when he [she] come outside in the weather like this. about the kids, they are so little bodily still not fully developed, and that is why it has greater impact on them too,” said Yang Lilin, a local who works in Beijing.

The capital has been largely spared the notoriously bad air that typically blankets the north during the colder winter months when people crank up the heat in their homes in part to the government’s stringent anti-smog measures, including curbing factory output and banning coal burning in homes.

But this alert comes a month after the government was forced to reverse its ban on coal for heating as gas shortages left people freezing and after a prolonged bout of freezing weather across the north. — Reuters

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Benguet sets Thursday as ‘car-less’ day beginning May

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018

La Trinidad, Benguet Mayor Romeo Salda

MANILA, Philippines — La Trinidad, Benguet Mayor Romeo Salda has signed the Executive Order No. 05-2018 which declares Thursdays a “car-less” day.

This serves as support to the government’s efforts to curb chemical emissions of motor vehicles.

“Six a.m. to 6 p.m. walang papasok na sasakyan from the premises ng munisipyo, yung sa PNP entrance ng papunta dito at parking space ng munisipyo,” said the mayor.

(From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. no vehicles will be allowed from the premises of the city hall to the PNP entrance and parking spaces at the city hall.)

Larry Mercado, a motorist, approves the directive saying, “Opo payag po tayo diyan. Ganyang lumalabas na kautusan para sa kalikasan po natin mabawasan yung pollution. Yun lang po sana po magmaterialize yang kautusan na yan.”

(Yes I agree with it. Such ordinances is for the environment to reduce pollution. Hopefully this order will materialize.)

Meanwhile, vehicles used by persons with disability and senior citizens are exempted from the executive order.

The order also excludes trading post roads used when transporting produce.

Mayor Salda urged barangay captains in the city to implement the said order in their respective barangays.  — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue



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Aklan LGU presents 6-month Boracay action plan for the island’s recovery

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A resort in Boracay Island

AKLAN, Philippines — The local government of Aklan has presented its six-month action plan for the rehabilitation of Boracay.

This is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to clean the once prestigious island.

During a dialogue with various stakeholders on Tuesday, Malay officials explained the six-month Boracay action plan which states the repair of the drainage system, water treatment facilities, as well as the steps it will take to address over the construction of facilities, pollution, and overcrowding in the said tourist destination.

Due to the rising number of establishments and tourists visiting the island, the population of its workers is also growing.

Based on the figures of the Malay local government unit (LGU), 62 percent of the population of Boracay are cramming in the small island.

This resulted in more land and water wastes daily.

Alongside the increase of population is the increase in number of new structures that, local officials noted, have failed to follow standards.

The Malay LGU also urges participation and unity among stakeholders to ensure the successful rehabilitation of the premier tourist destination of the country.  — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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At least 30 establishments in Boracay are without a proper drainage system

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines —The Malay Municipal Engineering Office and the Municipal health officer inspected the drainage of a hotel to determine if it properly connects with the sewerage system of Boracay.

Authorities discovered that the establishment is illegally connected to the drainage and sewerage system of the Boracay water facility.

The management of the hotel was issued with citation tickets and was ordered to fix their drainage.

“Illegal. May mga hindi nakakonect sa sewer. Inisyuhan naman lahat ng citation ticket ng MHO [Malay Health Office] then, inadvise sila na kailangan nilang mag-connect sa sewer,” said engineer Philip Joy Peñaflor.

(This is illegal. Some are not connected to the sewer. The MHO [Malay Health Office] issued them citation tickets and were advised to connect to the sewer.)

According to the municipal engineer, the said hotel is just one of about 30 establishments in Boracay that have no drainage system resulting in sea pollution.

Authorities said the situation has been causing flooding in the island.

Meanwhile,17 establishments in Boracay were found to have violated the Municipal Ordinance No. 307 series of 2012.

The ordinance refers to the proper installation, construction, and maintenance of sewerage treatment plants and septic tanks based on existing standards.

“Regulated garbage po siya pero dapat segregation at source. So hindi siya naka-segregate at source, nakamix lang siya,” said health and sanitation inspector Helen Belen.

(These are regulated garbage but it should be segregated at source. These are not segregated at source, it’s mixed.)

Some hotels were also found to have been operating without sanitary permits and health cards for their employees. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue


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