At the request of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the European Union has been supporting the implementation of the Philippine Clean Air Act through the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia programme. The EU provided technical assistance and expertise to support the generation of real-time data on air quality for the Metro Manila airshed, by developing methodologies, real-time data transmission approaches and software.
EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said: "The EU is proud to be supporting the Philippines on the implementation of the Clean Air Act. Despite continued efforts to reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants, air pollution remains a worldwide concern. Improving air quality while keeping the climate hospitable is a complex process which requires a thorough understanding of what is causing air pollution and climate change, what can be done to tackle both, and a prioritisation of measures to preserve a life-friendly atmosphere everywhere on Earth."
Through this collaboration between the EU and the DENR, real-time data on the Air Quality Index (AQI) for Metro Manila is available. The provision of real-time Air Quality Index Values (AQI) for criteria pollutants will enable public authorities to monitor air quality, to propose actions to protect public health at different AQI levels and to formulate effective air quality management strategies. The air quality data is available to the public at the following link: www.airqualitymanila.com .
Background on the programme
The policy support component of the SWITCH-Asia programme in the Philippines is a technical assistance worth 3.5 million euros to the Government of the Philippines that is aligned with the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 and 2017-2022. It supports the Government in strengthening policy initiatives in the following areas:
A unique element of the programme in the Philippines is an approach that uses local socio-cultural values to drive sustainable practices among different stakeholders. The values of Bayanihan, Pagtitipid, Malasakit that are close to the heart of Filipinos have been conceptualized as the spirit of ‘Luntiang Puso’ to create awareness on sustainable development.
Operating in 18 Asian developing countries with overall funding of more than 300 million euros (2007-2020), SWITH-Asia is the EU's programme focusing on sustainable consumption and production as an approach to development. The programme promotes economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asia by encouraging a sustainable approach to growth with positive environmental and social impacts.
Thelma Gecolea, EU Delegation to the Philippines, Thelma.GECOLEA@eeas.europa.eu ; Tel 02-859 5124