Open Burning

Woke up early, expecting to start the day right, only to come to an air polluted by open burning.

That’s not right.

Clean Air Act?

All potential sources of air pollution (mobile, point and area sources) must comply with the provisions of the law. All emissions must be within the air quality standards.

Mobile sources refer to vehicles like cars, trucks, buses, jeepneys, tricycles, motorcycles, and vans.

Point sources refer to stationary sources such as industrial firms and the smokestacks of power plants, hotels, and other establishments.

Area sources refer to sources of emissions other than the above. These include smoking, burning of garbage, and dust from construction, unpaved grounds, etc.1

Waste Management

Apparently, it’s hard to enforce this when people are not empowered to do something about, say, preserving the environment; or—I don’t know—have the basic decency to not pollute the neighbor’s breathing air.

Waste management is still an underrated topic in many developing nations. One would think this is such an obvious—basic, even—problem to tackle, but it quickly becomes complex when we factor in the public’s disinterest and lack of sense of urgency.2

  1. Lifted from Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (2003, August). Primer on the Clean Air Act. Diliman: DENR-Public Affairs Office. More info here↩︎

  2. Saplala-Yaptenco, S. L. (2015). Open Burning of Solid Waste in the Philippines: Regulations, Compliance and Initiatives. Journal of Management and Development Studies 4, 35-48 ↩︎

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