Air quality monitoring station in Baguio opened

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BAGUIO CITY: The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the city government of Baguio recently opened a new air quality monitoring station.

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DENR-Cordillera Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno, EMB Regional Director Oscar Cabanayan, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, and councilor Fred Bagbagen were on hand to witness the inauguration of the new station located at Burnham Park.

EMB-CAR Ambient Monitoring & Technical Services Section Chief Wilhelmina Lagunilla said the station aims to collect data for air quality monitoring, traffic and land-use planning purposes. She said it could observe long-term trends related to emissions, develop and evaluate abatement strategies, and determine exposure and assess the effects of air pollution on health, vegetation and building materials.

The machine will measure particulate matter in the air. It will also measure the meteorological parameters of wind speed and direction, ambient temperature and relative humidity, and vertical wind speed.

Domogan said the new machine is expected to prove wrong the recent labeling of the city as the most polluted in the country in terms of air quality.

Last month, reports by several media outfits branded Baguio as having the “worst air quality” among cities in the country based on a report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Although WHO clarified later that only three major cities were covered by the study, Domogan said the damage has been done. Hopefully, the new air monitoring machine will show the world that the air in Baguio is one of the cleanest.

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