MANILA Mayor Francisco ‘Isko’ Domagoso on Monday said the city would fight air pollution by creating more gardens and tapping solar energy.
The mayor, who attended the international forum on air pollution and climate change held in Seoul, South Korea, said the city would have cleaner air by 2030.
“The challenge is to find the collective soul, instill pride and move together to clean our community,” Domagoso said.
Manila is one of the densest cities in Asia.
Domagoso said the city government aims to address air pollution problem through vertical gardening and having more roof gardens in key locations. One such project is the “greening” of Jones Bridges.
Other initiatives are the use of electric-powered tricycles and the installation of solar panels in 103 schools in the city.
Lagusnilad, a historical underpass, now has solar-powered lights, the mayor said.
The city, he added, will also install an air-quality monitoring unit that measures particulate matter, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity.
“The challenge before us is that air pollution does not recognize political boundaries,” the mayor said, making an example of the forest fires in Indonesia that affected neighboring countries.
“The opportunity for us all is to work together and learn from the successes of others so that we can do abatement, control or sometimes, drastic measures to ensure our constituents right to clean air,” he added.