When there was a positive outlook of the lockdown brought about by the Covid-19 shown across the world with its significant drop of air pollution, the Philippines, too, has recently shown major difference in its environment. Some netizens have captured such sights and shown them to various social media platforms for everyone to see.
Since the Luzon-based enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measure that restricts public movement and little number of vehicles outside the streets, there has been reports of lessened air pollution in Metro Manila. It’s been stated that the Metro Manila become a spectacularly clear view after several days has passed since the ECQ, adding that its skyline was usually filled of smog. Many residents in Metro Manila captured photos and recorded videos relating to such difference. Here’s one of them:
In Bonifacio Global City also has crystal clear skies, serene ambiance, and even clean highways.
There are also no signs of smog in Makati City. Just the perfect, clear blue skies.
Doug Kramer had also shared clips taken from Kramer family home in a post how the pollution in Manila has subsided since the quarantine began. The first two clips were taken in December 2019 while the third clip was taken on March 21, 2020, showing a clear difference of the layer of smog had dissipated then.
“We’ve been here almost a year now,” Doug wrote. “And it’s a rarity to get consecutive days of a clear and unpolluted view.”
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), there was a drop of air pollution by over 50% in average seen in the metropolis.
“Makikita natin talagang ‘yong drastic fall ng number when it comes to particulate matter, 10 noong ating pollution, ‘yong air quality natin. Would you imagine, umabot pa hanggang 85.18 percent ang drop ng numero dito sa may Marikina.” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Benny Antiporda had divulged. “But ‘yong iba, mayroong na-drop, average kung titingnan natin lahat is more than 50 percent talaga ‘yong na-drop.”
[We can really see the drastic fall of number when it comes to particulate matter, 10 was the air quality of pollution before. Would you imagine, it reached up to 85.18% drop here in Marikina. While in others, there was also a drop by an average of more than 50%.]
As per Lung Center of the Philippines, the particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels are usually at 32 micrograms per normal cubic meters of air (ug/Ncm), but the week before the ECQ was imposed, it dropped to 15.8 ug/Ncm and had further decreased to 13.3 ug/Ncm during the lockdown period.
“We have never seen this much decrease,” Dr. Mylene Cayetano of the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Environmental Pollution Studies Laboratory said in an interview with Inquirer.net. “During the weekends, there are drops in PM2.5 levels, but not like this. With lesser human activities, the air quality really improved.”
Meanwhile, the discoloration in Manila Bay have been reported to be a sign of discharged pollutants in waters and has been ordered to probe hotels and other nearby establishments by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.
Worldwide, coronavirus cases went up to 1,201 964 were confirmed with the Philippines bearing 3,094 of them as of this writing. Be informed of Covid-19 updates through the Department of Health’s website: doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV