The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of R.A 8749, otherwise known as the “Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999″, Its primary goal is to come out with a comprehensive national program to achieve and maintain Air Quality that meets the National Air Quality Guidelines for Criteria Pollutants and their Emissions Standards. while minimizing the possible associated negative impacts on the country’s economy. its implementing rules and regulation contain specific requirement that prohibit the vehicular and industrial sources from emitting pollutants in amounts that cause significant deterioration of air quality.
In support of these regulations, the EMB has drawn up the following measures:
Guidelines and Standards for dioxin and furans;
Guidelines for the Accreditation by the Department of Trade and Industry of Emission Testing Centers for smoke-belchers;
Conduct of an Industrial Emission Project which would provide concessional loans to industries for air pollution control equipment acquisition; and,
- Establishment of an Air Emission Inventory Database
Air Quality Monitoring Stations
San Juan Station
PARTICULATE MATTER (PM)
It is any type of solid particles in the air in the form of smoke, dust and vapors. Particulate Matter is produced by many sources, including burning of diesel fuels by vehicles, fossil fuels, mixing and application of fertilizers and pesticides, road construction, industrial processes and operation of woodstoves. Some microscopic particles in the air can be breathed into the lungs causing increased respiratory disease and lung damage.