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Improved Baguio air quality monitored
by Julie G. Fianza / PIO

The Wastewater, Water and Ambient Air Management Division of the City Environment and Parks Management Office monitored an improved air quality in the city.

During the Alay Sa Kalinisan meeting last week, environment specialist Pastor Baawa reported that the Veterans’ Park area which was previously categorized as “fair” has upgraded its air quality to “good,” representing a 40 percent improvement.

The air within the Baguio City Police Office area, which was assessed as unhealthy for some sensitive groups, is now on the “fair” category, listing a 15 percent improvement.

A new sampling area, the Lower Quirino barangay hall, is on the “good” level.

Air quality is measured and marked with good, fair, unhealthy, very unhealthy, acutely unhealthy, and emergency, with corresponding responses from affected individuals. An emergency situation would have all residents indoors due to unhealthy air, while very unhealthy air condition deems individuals with respiratory problems to stay indoors and limit the use of vehicles so as not to add exhaust to the environment.

The Roadside Inspection Testing and Monitoring Team reported that 267 operations were conducted in 14 locations from February to June 27.

A total of 3,586 vehicles were flagged, 3,431 of which were tested. Among those tested, 2,386 vehicles or 70 percent passed and 1,045 or 30 percent failed the smoke-belching test.

Last year, 63 percent of the tested vehicles passed, while 37 percent failed.

There were 11,201 vehicles subjected to voluntary testing, 1,441 or 13 percent of which failed, while 9,760 or 87 percent passed. These include government vehicles, private vehicles, taxi, jeepney, vans, buses, and school services.

Violations led to payment of P2,060,500 penalties added to the city’s coffers. Fees collected include polluters’ fee, testing fee, voluntary testing fees, penalty of drivers for driving smoke-belching vehicles, and payment for certificates of compliance.


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