City dad monitors effects of haze in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 October 2015 14:00

The haze from Indonesia spreading across southern Philippines, including Zamboanga City has no effect in the agricultural sector, a city official said.

Councilor Mike Alavar, chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Agriculture said this after visiting several highland barangays where thick smog from Indonesia are experienced.

Alavar said that although some health issues have been raised by some residents in affected areas, there is no direct explanation or findings if they are effects of the haze.

He said that based on his interviews and monitoring of the agricultural producers in the highlands, they have not noted any changes in the quality of their produce, as well as some chemical reactions to the smokey surroundings they are experiencing at present.

Alavar said that he was very concern of the consequences the smog would bring to the local produce because it is their only means of livelihood and would also have a diverse effect to surroundings if there is any.

He has coordinated with the Office of the City Agriculture to constantly monitor and evaluate the situation of the upland farmers who experience poor visibility at present because of the haze,

Earlier, the Environmental Management Bureau of the DENR had assuredthat based on their monitoring, the air quality in Zamboanga City is still on its normal level.

EMB reported that based on the official data they have gathered from their Mobile Air Monitoring Stations in Dulian,Upper Pasonanca, Zamboanga City Medical Center and In PHIDCO, Baliwasan, it registered only 64.55micro grams per normal cubic meter. The normal reading  should be below 150 micro grams per normal cubic meter. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News