EMB closely monitors Zambo air quality as Indonesian haze spreads PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 October 2015 13:07

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Environment and Management Bureau (EMB) has transferred its equipment to a higher ground to closely monitor the air quality of this city.

Eng’r. Joselito Ventura, EMB-9 ambient monitoring section chief, said Friday they transferred the Mobile Ambient Monitoring Station Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 and Mobile Air Monitoring Station PM 10 to Barangay Lanzones, 16.40 kilometers east of City Hall.

Ventura said they have chosen Barangay Lanzones as the place is a high ground area since it is an upland village.

The move to transfer the two equipment came upon the request of Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, following complaints of cough by residents in Barangays Lanzones and Salaan.

Agbulos received the complaints after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that the wildfire smog from Indonesia has already reached Mindanao.

The smog is caused by the wildfire that hit vast areas of the forests in Indonesia.

“I was alarmed (of the complaints),” Agbulos said, citing the haze affects the respiratory system of an individual even in small quantity.

Agbulos has advised residents, especially those with asthma and heart problem, to avoid going to places where haze is prominent.

Ventura said they also maintain air monitoring stations in Barangay Baliwasan, west of City Hall; Barangay Sta. Catalina, east of City Hall; and, Pasonanca, North of City Hall.

He said the Sta. Catalina monitoring station registered 64.55 micrograms per normal cubic meter from October 1 to 15.

He said the Pasonanca and Baliwasan monitoring stations have registered 54.64 and 61.5 micrograms per normal cubic meters, respectively, also from October 1 to 15.

He said the air quality of this city, especially within the city proper, is within the normal standard, saying it is below 150 micrograms per normal cubic meter.

He said they had been constantly monitoring the air quality of this city. — RGAAG