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January 10, 2019

In Episode 2.20 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, one of the characters, specifically Iroh, said
this line, “You have come to crossroads of your destiny. It is time for you to choose. It is time for
you to choose good.”

I can say that this memorable line is very applicable to the Philippines in the present time.
Indeed, it is time for the Filipinos to choose good, especially in terms with the situation happening
around us, around our nature, with more emphasis on the air that surrounds our country. Year by
year, our country experiences worse air pollution despite the efforts on the government and many
active environmental groups in protecting and preserving the cleanliness of our air. In fact,
Philippines has recognized the need to do so in the late 1990’s.

Republic Act No. 9749 otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act enacted on July
27, 1998 is an act providing for a comprehensive air pollution control policy and for other
purposes connected with achieving a clear and healthy air for our country.