(Metro News) Metro-wide 'Car-free day' campaign kicks off in Makati on Sunday

November 24, 2012 5:12 am 

MANILA, Nov. 23 — Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay on Friday called on residents and the general public to join the kick-off ceremony of the campaign for at least one "car-free day" in Metro Manila during the month of November, dubbed “Clean Air? Pwede!!!” on Sunday (Nov. 25) at 6 a.m. at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Binay said the event coincides with the nationwide observance of Clean Air Month this November, and carries the theme, “Car Free Day: A day of reflection for health, human life and environment. Stand up for your right to breathe clean air.”

“We invite fellow advocates of clean air and a healthy environment to join us this Sunday at the Ayala Triangle to show your support to our goal of reducing air pollution in Metro Manila, particularly in our main thoroughfares,” Binay said.

The mayor said the campaign aims to raise public awareness on the health benefits of walking and using non-motorized transport like bicycles to promote them as better alternatives to using cars and other vehicles running on fossil fuels, which are major sources of air pollution in urban areas.

The “Car-Free Day” campaign is an initiative of the Partnership for Clean Air, a multi-sectoral body consisting of the cities of Makati and Pasig, DENR-Environment Management Bureau, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), various non-government organizations, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and civil society organizations, including Miriam PEACE, Earth Day Jam Foundation, Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, The Firefly Brigade, Clean Air Initiative-Asia, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Ateneo School of Government and Earth Day Network.

Proclamation No. 1109 issued in 1997 designates the month of November as “Clean Air Month” through National Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Consciousness to create awareness among motorists on the importance and benefits of the proper maintenance of their motor vehicles. Republic Act No. 9512, the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008, also declares November as "Environmental Awareness Month."

Makati Department of Environmental Services (DES) chief Danilo Villas said the event will start with a mass at 6 a.m., followed by “Ehersisyo at Dayalogo”, a regular Sunday fitness activity of the city that aims to promote a culture of wellness among its constituents and neighboring localities, and at the same time provide a venue for interaction between city government officials and members of the business community.

Villas also said officials from participating government agencies will do a ceremonial bike ride from Paseo de Roxas to Ayala Triangle for the main event.

At 8 a.m., representatives from the Office of the Vice President will join Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Ma. Elisea “Bebet” Gozun, Climate Change Commission Chairperson Mary Ann Lucille Sering, and MMDA General Manager Corazon Jimenez in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for two E-jeepneys to mark the launching of “Car-Free Day.”

Villas said the campaign also pushes for the provision of environment-friendly transport, walkable streets, and green infrastructures towards a cleaner and healthier environment.

Participants will be treated to a cheer dance and musical performance by students ofSan Antonio High School and the Makati Public Safety Band or MAPSA Band, while MMDA traffic enforcers will perform a martial arts exhibition.

The program will also include a presentation on the Car-Free Day campaign, and the declaration of support by government agencies, private groups, and civil society leaders. Secretary Paje will give an inspirational remark to end the ceremony at Makati City.

At 10:30 a.m., participants will converge at Ayala Avenue for a “Clean Air Parade” going towards F. Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City where they will be treated to a Pre-Christmas Bazaar, Exhibit, Traditional Sports, and Ecological Fashion Show by the Miriam College. A concert dubbed “Clean Air Jam” will also feature Lou Bonnevie and popular bands, including True Faith, Drum Circle, Mayonnaise, Absolute Play, among others.

The event has been organized in collaboration with the Partnership for Clean Air, a multi-sectoral body that includes Makati City, together with Ayala Land Inc., and Ayala Property Management Corporation.

Event sponsors include the Petroleum Institute of the Philippines, Manila Water and Boysen Philippines.(PNA)

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  1. NUSP supports Car-Free Day for Clean Air Month | National Union of Students of the Philippines on November 24th, 2012 4:23 pm

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