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Air Pollution in Manila Drops 42% Due to ECQ

Air pollution levels in Manila has dropped significantly at 42% as the enhanced community quarantine continues in the metro. In a social media post by the Manila Public Information Office, it was revealed that air pollution levels in selected areas in the City of Manila continue to change as the masses stay in their respective homes.

“Based on air quality monitoring performed under the Asia Blue Skies Program – a partnership among 3M, the City Government of Manila and Clean Air Asia – average PM2.5 levels at Freedom Park at the Manila City Hall from April 13 to 17 dropped by 42 percent compared to measurements during the regular work/school weekdays (Jan 21 to March 6) before the quarantine,” excerpts from a social media post by the Manila Public Information Office.

Moreover, the Manila PIO added that the findings will be used as a basis for the development of Manila City’s Clean Air Action Plan which will be completed by the end of 2020.

“Air quality monitoring at Rizal Park, Ermita for the same period last week showed that average PM2.5 was 2 percent higher compared to pre-quarantine pollution levels. Likewise, in Mendiola corner Concepcion Aguila Street, air quality monitoring showed that PM2.5 levels are higher by 9 percent compared to levels before the start of the lockdown,” the post adds.

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