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Ensure healthier air quality after lockdown – Legarda

Keith A. Calayag

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House Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda called on the government to ensure that the air quality in Metro Manila and urban regions will become “healthier” even after the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the entire Luzon.

Citing reports from the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource, Legarda said there is substantial decrease in levels of particulate matter or the particles capable of penetrating deep into lung passageways and could cause cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory problems following the declaration of the ECQ.

“The improvement in our air quality may just be temporary and would likely see a reverse when industries, businesses, transportation, and daily activities resume,” said Legarda in a statement.

“This health crisis, although truly unfortunate, provided us a glimpse on the quality of air we and our families could be enjoying if our economy utilizes more of the clean sources of energy and not fossil fuel,” she added.

According to the EMB, the air quality in Metro Manila is “improving” recording “good” or “moderate” levels of PM10 or inhalable particles 10 micrometers or smaller in diameter in various cities.

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