The PCFV, through CAI-Asia, with whom a strategic partnership Agreement was signed in November 2008, held a Clean Fleet training session for 31 fleet managers from Manila Water Company and its suppliers on 19th February 2009 in Manila.
Participants were introduced to the TNT/UNEP Clean Fleet Management Toolkit and practical measures to reduce air pollution from vehicles by Attorney Glynda Bathan, CAI-Asia Center's Policy and Partnership Manager. Participants were also briefed about the basics of air pollution, transport and climate change by May Ajero, Air Quality Program Manager of CAI-Asia Center.
"Everybody breathes the same air. Air pollution affects us all and everyone including the private sector has a responsibility to reduce their contribution to air pollution." This was Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center's message to the more than 30 participants in the clean fuels Session.
In 2008, the Philippine oil industry raised concerns that cheap smuggled oil, possibly of poor quality, was being sold in the Philippines. Jeepneys and buses cause air pollution because of the polluting second hand engines imported from nearby Asian countries.
For this reason, among the practical measures highlighted at the training, was for the private sector not to purchase smuggled oil and to take steps to ensure that second hand engines or vehicles they purchased are not smoke belching.
One company informed CAI-Asia Center staff that while purchasing second hand vehicles may be cheap in the short run, maintaining them costs a lot more in the long-run.
Some of the other questions from participants revolved around these practical ways to reduce vehicle emissions: eco-driving, vehicle maintenance, and use of bio-fuels. One company requested for a follow-up meeting to discuss how they could implement the Toolkit to reduce emissions from the vehicle fleet in their realty operations.
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