The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) has become creative in pushing its call for action against air pollution.

For its “Gusto namin ng malinis na hangin” (We want clean air) mask challenge, the EMB is seeking either photos or videos of people wearing their face masks, particularly those made of recycled materials.

EMB is seeking either photos or videos of people while wearing their face masks

Ten winners will be chosen in the challenge.

“Face masks do little to protect people from air pollution but can be an effective way to highlight how much Filipinos want clean air,” EMB OIC Asst. Dir. Vizminda Osorio said.

The contest focuses on face masks, especially from recyclables to help show urgency for protection from polluted air which most people breathe, Osorio added.

Recyclable materials are among wastes generated in the country. Experts identified waste, households, industry, transportation, and agriculture as the main human sources of air pollution.

The face mask challenge is an activity for the country’s annual June celebration of World Environment Day and Philippine Environment Month both focusing on air pollution this year, the EMB official said.

The contest focuses on face masks, especially from recyclables to help show urgency for protection from polluted air.

“Share your most creative mask photo, a commitment to beat air pollution and challenge your friends to join you in making a difference,” said EMB in its contest promotion. 

The contest is open to those in the National Capital Region as well as Regions III (Central Luzon) and IV-A (Calabarzon). Entries must include captions on how they can help address air pollution. Meanwhile, the maximum length of video entries must be 30 seconds, the EMB said.

Entries to the contest will be accepted by the EMB until June 21.

According to the EMB, the 10 winners will receive invites to the launch of “Kantalikasan” album, with 10 songs about the environment, and gift checks worth P1,000 each.

“Kantalikasan” is a songwriting competition focused on the environment, the EMB said.

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