A proposal to reduce air pollution in Baguio City’s central business district (CBD) was presented on September 14 at the University of the Philippines Baguio-College of Social Sciences Audio Visual Room (UPB-CSS AVR).

     

     The proposal was the result of a joint research initiative by professors from UP Baguio and UP Los Baños.

    

     UP Baguio Professor of Economics, Dr. Achilles C. Costales, talked about how air pollution can increase the risk of acquiring respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and lung cancer in adults and children of Baguio City.  He also discussed the costs of illnesses when a person is exposed to elevated levels of air pollution.

    

     Afterwards, UP Los Baños Associate Professor of Economics, Maria Angeles Catelo, shared her findings on the feasibility of installing an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system, a driverless transport ran by electricity, in Baguio CBD in the hopes of creating an alternative mode of transportation that can reduce air pollution in Baguio City. 

    

     “We hope to make our humble vision [gear] towards maintaining the pine scent air in Baguio we love,” said Catelo.

   

     Towards the end of the presentation, discussants gave their remarks on the study. The discussants were Dr. Lorelei C. Mendoza, UPB professor of Economics; Dr. Donnabel Tubera, Baguio City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head; and Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) regional director.

    

     The event was organized by the UPB Governance and Public Policy Program, headed by Prof. Arellano Colongon, Jr., of the Cordillera Studies Center (CSC). It was attended by representatives of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), DOST, civil service groups, city government, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Baguio citizens and UPB professors and students.  (LOUISE MANIEGO, JOYCE PASCUA and CRISTINE VIDUYA)  As of September 14, 2015

 

                                                       Photo by Joyce Pascua