The Environmental Management Bureau – CAR is conducting a 3-day workshop on Emission Inventory for the BLISTT (Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay) LGUs from October 6-8, 2021 at the Mountain Lodge, Baguio City.

First day of training includes the calibration of opacimeters by technical EMB Central Office personnel headed by Mr. Joel Tugano. Various lectures will be given by Ms. Wilhelmina O. Lagunilla on the salient features of RA 8749 and discussion on Mobile, Stationary and Area Sources by Engr. Isidore Magnus Bautista. Geospatial mapping will also be discussed by Mr. Ginnie Lyko Q. Malamug. In spite of the pandemic, EMB – CAR is grateful because finally the activity has already been conducted after several postponements due to strict border control.

According to Clean Air Asia, the Philippines ranked 10th with the highest mortality rate due to air pollution in which 70% premature deaths were associated to ambient air pollution. In relation to the ill effects of air pollution to human health, RD Ma. Victoria V. Abrera recalled her experience in the Irisan Dumpsite during her first year in the Cordillera as a Regional Director. She said that air pollution is one of the challenges that we have to face. Result of the Emission Inventory conducted in 2018 revealed that 54.77% comes from mobile sources, 45.18% accounts for the area sources, while 0.05% is accounted for stationary sources. Only 4% out of the 45.18% of the area sources is accounted for forest fires and kaingin farming. The emission inventory can also be a venue for LGUs for their re-routing schemes because the bulk of pollution load emanates from mobile sources. With all these data, however, the pandemic has brought an improvement in air quality due to enforcement of border control and restrictions set forth by the IATF.

RD Abrera urges the BLISTT LGUs to work hand in hand to instigate measures to abate air pollution and effect policies to promote overall respiratory health. She wrapped up her talk by reminding the participants to take learnings from the training. She hopes that the emission inventory can also be extended to other provinces in CAR and involve other agencies like the DOTr and the LTO.      The Emission Inventory is done every three years and aims to identify emission sources, calculate preliminary emission loading, identify possible emission control technologies and measures that can contribute to the improvement of air quality in the city/municipalities. //