Air pollution has always been a problem for a lot of people. It affects the Earth and it affects babies, children, and especially those with respiratory problems. For most people, New Year’s eve may be a day of celebration and fireworks but for those suffering from these health concerns, it can be a nightmare. This is why it must be such a welcome respite to know that air pollution last December 31 was at an all time low.
The air pollution in Metro Manila caused by firecrackers and other fireworks display has been significantly lowered during the welcoming of the new year 2018.
This is based on the latest monitoring of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) particularly in Metro Manila.
According to Jerry Capulong, Senior Environmental Management Specialist of the air quality management Section of EMB-DENR, the drop in air pollution this year is record breaking.
He said that for two years, it was the lowest level of pollution based on the records of their monitoring stations in Metro Manila.
Compared to 2016-2017 at midnight, pollution levels are higher than in 2017-2018.
Among the lowest levels of pollution recorded were in Paranaque City where 83 percent lower compared to last year and, Pasig City 46 percent, Navotas City 84 percent and Taft avenue in Manila recorded 59 percent.
Capulong said the Executive Order 28 (EO 28) has greatly contributed to enforcing the use of firecrackers.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed on June 20 the Executive Order 28 or EO 28 which shall confine the use of firecrackers to “community fireworks display.”
According to the EO, a community fireworks display is “conducted under the supervision of a trained person duly licensed by the Philippine National Police (PNP).”
Government agencIes such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) were also mandated to make public the rules and regulations for the implementation of the EO and conduct information campaigns on the danger of using fireworks.