Press Release
January 23, 2013


Senator Edgardo J. Angara called on the government to embark on "an overall greening" or cleanup of the country to reduce the high levels of pollution and to meet the challenges of urbanization and overconsumption of resources and energy.

Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, said this movement can be initiated through the creation of comprehensive environmental laws that will promote eco-efficient construction and environmentally sound technology (EST).

The veteran lawmaker explained that several environmental laws are already in existence but are not being properly implemented throughout the nation.

"There are already different environmental laws passed in recent year, but have not been put into action. I believe we must update and modernize these laws to adapt to the changes in the environment and the development of green technologies," said Angara.

He added, "Maybe it's time for a total review of these environmental laws--with provisions on punishments and incentives attuned to the advancements in technology and the changes in the global climate over the past ten years".

"Green technology, such as the use of renewable energy, low-emission machinery and the development of recycling facilities would all play a great role in solving the pollution problem in the Philippines, especially in the metropolitan areas," he stressed.

Eco-efficient construction is organized around principles of low-impact, conservation development: preserving natural resources with the aim of reducing vulnerability to the effects of climate change and environmental change. It involves 'doing more with less' while promoting the assembly, implementation and maintenance of environmentally sound technology (EST) designed to be progressively integrated into larger public infrastructure systems.

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