By Gerald O. Enguero
The city government of Naga recently received ten units of electric bicycles, more known as e-Bikes, courtesy of the Climate Change Program of the United Nations through the Health and Wellness Empowerment for the Poor Program of Oscar G. Arcilla, Jr., a Nagueño technocrat based in Metro Manila.
A grateful City Mayor John G. Bongat immediately allocated the environment-friendly vehicles to seven offices at city hall with one unit each that will make best use of them in the delivery of services.
The eBikes can run for 65 kilometers or about three hours after they have been charged for seven hours at the cost of P15 compared to P50 consumed by gasoline fed motorcycles.
This city, according to Arcilla, is the first local government unit to receive the eBikes for free in line with the UN’s advocacy for clean environment.
City Environment & Natural Resources Officer Oscar P. Orozco, said e-bikes and other electric vehicles are one of the best contributions against air pollution.
The e-Bikes were distributed at one unit each to the city’s MEPO (Naga City People’s Mall office), City Civil Registrar, City Health office, Accounting Office, Public safety Office, City Assessor’s Office, and MetroPeso. The remaining three units will be available for pooling, c/o the City Mayor’s Office.
By Gerald O. Enguero
This city government’s anti-pollution campaign has taken a more aggressive step with the procurement recently of modern equipment to check air quality and a plan to purchase a bio-reactor to boost the oxygen level of the Naga River at any given time.
With its recently-purchased Opacimeter, Orozco said they have stepped up the campaign against smoke-belching vehicles which are the heaviest contributors to air pollution. By inserting the equipment into the exhaust system of the vehicle and other gas-guzzling machines, his office can now determine how much pollutants are thrown into the air.
Orozco reported that as of October this year, out of the 231 vehicles on the road tested, 109 failed which have been warned or penalized under City Ordinance 990-84 that prohibits smoke-belching vehicles from plying the city’s roads and highways.
For water preservation and maintenance, Orozco’s office is strictly enforcing the salient provisions of the Clean Water Act, which, among others, call for higher Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) level in the bodies of water such as the river.
Orozco disclosed that with a Bio-Reactor which was recently loaned by the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), they were able to sustain the required oxygen level of the Naga River.
He said that upon testing they found out that the river’s oxygen level ranged from 1.8 milliliter to 2 milliliter which was way below the average required oxygen level of 10 milliliter per liter. This means, Orozco said, that the river was no longer suitable for aquatic life formation, unless remedial measures were done.
With the Bio-Reactor that the city government plans to purchase after three months of actual demonstration, Orozco said, his office was able to increase the oxygen level and water quality of the Naga River where the equipment as part of the process also consumed the organic pollutants found in the river.