Rotary Club to monitor air quality

Originally written by RITCHIE A. HORARIO for The Manila Times on January 12, 2016 9:50 pm

The Rotary Club of Makati has moved to monitor the quality of air in Metro Manila National Capital Region or NCR. Eduardo H. Yap, president of the Rotary Club of Makati, said the project will provide real-time advisories to the public on how bad pollution is in the region.

It entails the setting up of and operating the monitoring system in several sites in the NCR.
To disseminate the day’s pollution index, the group has partnered with the mass media so that the public could take precautionary measures.

For the initial phase, monitoring sites will be installed on Edsa in Makati, Centerpoint in Manila and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City.

The sites will measure the Air Quality Index daily and transmit it to participating recipients for dissemination.

The recipients of the data are mass media, schools, hospitals and LED billboard operators.
“We are partnering with the University of the Philippines’ Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology that will interpret that data,” Yap said.

The monitoring will focus more on the fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is small enough to enter bronchial tubes and cause respiratory diseases.

The air in Metro Manila is heavily polluted during most days, much of it coming from smoke-belching motor vehicles choking thoroughfares.

“We must join the fight against pollution,” Yap said..

He added that air pollution has been identified to cause respiratory diseases, among the top three health concerns in the country.

A website and mobile phone application will also be developed so that public can access the information.

Yap has expressed high hopes that government agencies and public health authorities will boost steps to curb carbon and other toxic emissions.

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