Kaibigan ng Kaunlaran at Kalikasan (KKK)

Kaibigan ng Kaunlaran at Kalikasan (KKK)

Friends of Progress and the Environment

Through the Lenses of Science

Through the Lenses of Science

Through the Lenses of Science

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Our

Mission

To address environmental issues through the lenses of science in order to clarify current difficulties in the understanding of these issues and thereby minimize conflicts arising from them.

Our Vision

An Environmentally conscious and well-informed public, a responsive government that enacts or implement rationale laws and policies and a private sector (both for profit and non-profit) that is regulated fairly.

Our Strategies

To invoke the assistance of relevant scientific experts whenever specific environmental issues are raised and integrate their expert opinions into a form that can be easily-understood by all who are concerned about the issues.

Whenever possible, to forward this explanation to the relevant government agency in the hope that affected laws and policies may be sharpened and better enforced.

Projects

DISCUSSIONS WITH GOV'T AGENCIES

Establishing the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Additional Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) and Clarifying th

The Phl is known for having too many environmental laws but weak in implementation and several of these laws/regulations remain vague. There are already 17 pollutants in the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Source Specific Air Pollutants from Industrial Sources/Operations of the Clean Air Act to which is recently added PM 2.5. There is weak implementation in the monitoring and management of these pollutants and thus adding the HAPs listed below should be with sound basis.

Smog With PM 2.5.component

Particle pollution is a mixture of microscopic solid and liquid droplets suspended in air. This pollutive substance, also known as particulate matter, is made up of a number of components, including acids (such as nitrates and sulfates), organic chemicals, metals, soil or dust particles, and allergens (such as fragments of pollen or mold spores).

Updated Water Quality Guidelines (WQG) and General Effluent Standards (GES)

The DENR Administrative Order 2016-08 of 24 May 2016 prescribed revised and new WQG and GES which could impact on the operations of existing facilities and on new investments involving industrial plants.

Innovative Environmental Technologies

Bill Gates and Blackrock are backing the start-up behind hydropanels that make water out of thin air
Japan turns to ASEAN to advance carbon capture tech
Designer Creates Solar Desalination Skylight as Low-Tech Way to Produce Drinking Water

Relevant News

Metro traffic becoming health hazard for pinoys--NGO study
Traffic congestion in Metro Manila is now a critical health issue for Filipinos, an environmental group said in a statement on Wednesday.
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News on Climate Change

Giant Deep Ocean Turbine Trial Offers Hope of Endless Green Power
World's fastest carbon capture system claims 99% efficiency in ambient air
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Expert's Briefings

The application of the Writ of Kalikasan and the Precautionary Principle as legal remedies for the protection of the environment continuous to be a challenge and a subject of interest especially for operating facilities and new investments; as well as to the general public who may opt to exercise their concerns for environmental protection through these judicial instruments.

KKK seeks to address environmental issues through the lenses of science and to contribute in the clarification of these issues. It is motivated by the belief that the environment and progress are not zero-sum agendas, therefore a more holistic perspective is possible to minimize conflicts arising from divergent views. When issues arise or when there are diverging perspectives, KKK endorses the use of sound science in the consideration and resolution of the issues.

KKK seeks to address environmental issues through the lenses of science and to contribute in the clarification of these issues. It is motivated by the belief that the environment and progress are not zero-sum agendas, therefore a more holistic perspective is possible to minimize conflicts arising from divergent views. When issues arise or when there are diverging perspectives, KKK endorses the use of sound science in the consideration and resolution of the issues.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Victor O. Ramos

Chairman of the Board

Former Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Grace F. Favila

Vice Chair

Chair, Advisory Council, Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE)

Elisea G. Gozun

Member

Former DENR Secretary Former Presidential Adviser on Climate Change

Engr. Editha G. Cabrera

Treasurer

Former President 2004-2006 Pollution Control Association of the Philippines, Inc. Technical Advisory Board of PBE

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Member

EDGARDO G. ALABASTRO

Executive Director

Former Chairman, Air and Waste Management Association, Philippine Section (A&WMA, PS)

Council of Advisers

DR. GRACIANO P. YUMUL

Former UnderSecretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

FR. JOSE RAMON T. VILLARIN, SJ

President, Ateneo De Manila University

DR. ELY ANTHONY R. OUANO

Former Director, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)

DR. WILLIAM G. PADOLINA

Former Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

DR. PONCIANO BATUGAL

Former Director, DOST-PCCARD

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