Long before people become aware of the increasing perils of environmental degradation to national development, the First Lady envisioned and organized the Pollution Center of the Philippines in 1971. It was later renamed the Environmental Center of the Philippines in March 1973. With Mrs. Marcos as founding chairman, the Environmental Center pioneered in coordination the activities of government agencies and of the private sector directly involved in environmental conservation and protection. In 1977, the Environmental Center became a member of the newly created National Environmental Protection Council. Since then, the center’s primary role in the Council has been to assist local government formulate and implement environmental programs.