New Year revelry worsens Metro Manila air pollution


Posted at Jan 03 2014 09:06 AM | Updated as of Jan 03 2014 05:54 PM

MANILA – The air pollution in Metro Manila worsened this January 1, 2014, right after New Year, said the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR).

According to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, the level of pollution in Metro Manila last January 1 surpassed the 150 micrograms per normal cubic meter of air (ug/Ncm) limit allowed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The 10 microns reading of particulate matter in Metro Manila reached 1.437 ug/Ncm.

According to WHO, there are higher chances for people to develop respiratory diseases like pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, and stroke because of air pollution.

One reason that air pollution reached this all time high is due to the firecrackers used this New Year.

The DENR and Department of Health expressed their interest to implement a ban on the use of fireworks, an idea that also is supported by Malacañang.