Air quality system launched

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Monday, June 16, 2014


A NEW particulate station for air quality monitoring was inaugurated and launched at Burnham Park in Baguio City on Monday.

A month after Baguio City was branded by the World Health organization as the city in the country with the "worst air quality", the City Government along with the concerned agencies, particularly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR, decided to relocate the monitoring station from the KM 0 in Down Session Road to the Burnham Park.

Wilhelmina Lagunilla, EMB Chief for Ambient Air Quality Monitoring, said the data collected in the new monitoring station at Burnham Park reflects the general ambient air quality of the whole Baguio City.

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She added the newly launched P5-million worth monitoring equipment installed May 14 has the ability to measure the PM 10, PM 2.5, meteorological parameters of wind speed and direction, ambient temperature, relative humidity and vertical wind speed.

The equipment aims to collect data for air quality monitoring for traffic and land-use planning purposes.

The collected data will be used to observe long-term trends related to emissions; develop and evaluate abatement strategies; determine exposure and assess effects of air pollution on health, vegetation or building materials; and to inform the public about the air quality and raise awareness about it.

The DENR-CAR through the Environmental Management Bureau will be in-charge of monitoring while the CEPMO have already allotted funds for the energy consumption and security of the monitoring equipment.

DENR-CAR Regional Director Paquito Moreno earlier said the reason behind putting the air quality monitoring station Down Session Road was that they intently wanted to measure the air quality in the worst or most polluted area in the city.

He added they then wanted their monitoring results and other findings to be considered by concerned agencies like LTO, LTFRB and the city government as basis in formulating traffic schemes, street ordinances and other policies addressing air pollution.

However, he admitted he did not think the findings will be generalized as the air quality of Baguio City especially in studies as conducted by the WHO.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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