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Government now working to prevent marine pollution

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Aquino government has started implementing measures to address the problem of pollution threatening the country’s fish supplies, a Malacanang official said on Saturday.

During an interview aired over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are now working actively to prevent and eliminate marine pollution.

"Nakikipag-coordinate po ang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource sa ilalim ni Attorney Asis Perez para ma-dismantle ng mga local government units ang mga illegal pens," Valte said.

In coordination with other concerned government agencies, the BFAR continues to intensify its efforts towards the complete elimination of the practice of dumping of pollutants that endanger the marine environment.

Valte assured the public that the Aquino government remains steadfast in its drive to prevent air, land and water pollution.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje vowed to further enhance the country’s air quality management program in the wake of a report that air pollution remains one of the three major health issues confronting the nation, according to Valte.

"Pangalawa, conscious po ang DENR diyan. Kung naaalala niyo po ito ‘yung crackdown natin doon sa mga smoke emission testing centers na either walang lisensya or masyadong maraming certification na inilalabas na obvious namang hindi nila tine-test," Valte said.

"Dahil dito, bumaba naman ang pollution index natin. It is an issue that the DENR is very aware of," she said.

News reports said the UN marine experts claimed that fish habitat is being destroyed by pollution and climate change. It is also urging all governments and business establishments to do something to prevent pollution.

Vincent Sweeney, United Nations Environment Programme’s coordinator for the Global Program of Action to prevent marine environment degradation from land-based pollutants, said up to 90 percent of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated into rivers, lakes and oceans, posing one of the most serious threats to water resources. (PNA) scs/PCOO/eds

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