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Legarda Pushes Ozone Layer Protection Bill

September 17, 2010

“AS WE JOIN 188 OTHER COUNTRIES, ALL SIGNATORIES TO THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL IN CELEBRATING THE 23RDANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER, I AM ASKING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO MAINTAIN VIGILANCE IN EXTENDING LICENSES RELATIVE TO THE IMPORTATION OF CHLOROFLUOROCARBON (CFCS) AND OTHER SUBSTANCES THAT DEPLETE THE OZONE LAYER, ” SEN. LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE TODAY EXPRESSED.
“The ozone layer, a layer of gas ten (10) to thirty (30) miles from the ground within the stratosphere is essential to human life because it deflects harmful solar ultra-violet radiation which destroys many life forms on Earth from penetrating the earth’s surface. ”
Legarda said filed Senate Bill No. 1357, “Ozone Layer Protection Act of 2010” as a solution to reconcile the efforts towards our country’s economic growth without compromising the state of our environment.
“The “Ozone Protection Act of 2010″ recommends the establishing of local mechanisms for regulating and monitoring the importation of ozone depleting substances. ”
“I am hopeful that Congress will pursue measures to strengthen the country’s efforts in protecting the ozone layer. The Philippines must show its cooperation as a member of the international community in the fight to preserve the very barrier protecting the earth.” Sen. Legarda concluded.