DENR to motorists: Join 'car-free day'

Posted at 11/24/2012 11:38 AM | Updated as of 11/24/2012 11:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Motorists should participate in a "car-free day" at least once this November to help reduce air pollution, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Saturday.

"I encourage everyone who can to leave their car at home at least one day in November and use alternative modes of transportation such as cycling, walking or taking public transport," DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said in a statement.

On Sunday, the DENR is set to launch the "Clean Air? Pwede!!!" campaign which calls on motorists to help reduce fuel consumption and conserve energy resources by giving up their cars for a day.

Paje said, "We all know that motor vehicles remain the major source of air pollution not only in Metro Manila but also in other urban areas. Thus, we call on vehicle owners to lend a hand in the government's efforts to clean the air."

Thousands of clean air advocates are expected to gather Sunday morning for a parade from Ayala Triangle in Makati City to Ortigas Center in Pasig City using only bikes, electric cars and other alternative modes of transportation.

Clean Air Month activities also include an ecological fashion show and a concert.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Department of Energy (DOE) are also expected to join the event, which was initiated by the Partnership for Clean Air, a multisectoral body composed of representatives from DENR, DOTC, MMDA, Philippine Information Agency, Laguna Lake Development Authority, local government units and various non-government organizations (NGOs).