The City Government will put up an air quality monitoring station to provide the public with real-time air quality updates, assess the extent of pollution, and protect the health of the people.
Mary Ann Joylle Madriñan, the senior environmental management specialist of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) said Wednesday this is because Puerto Princesa City was identified as one of the country’s “airsheds” or “areas with typical weather conditions and origins of pollution like vehicles that affect the circulation of smog in the atmosphere.”
The city was selected in accordance with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order No. 2000-82 for the formulation of integrated air quality improvement framework and air quality control plans pursuant to Section 7 and 8 of the Clean Air Act, Madriñan said.
She said the station is also in compliance with Republic Act 8749 or the Clean Air Act of 1999.
She added they are now looking for a site for the facility and the equipment that will be installed, which should ideally be in a “high-impact area.
Madriñan said they had earlier found a site but the city government failed to secure the owner’s permission to put up the facility.
“Na-identify tayo as airshed kasi highly-urbanized city tayo. Magtatayo ng monitoring station dito pero hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa tayo nakahanap ng site. Itong monitoring station ay kailangan kasing ilagay sa mga high-impact areas tulad ng sa bayan na merong maraming sasakyan at maraming economic activities tulad ng mga ihaw-ihaw at iba pa,” she pointed out.
Madriñan added the facility would require a 4×4 square meter area to host the air quality equipment that will be funded by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the DENR.
A similar facility is installed at the Palawan State University in Barangay Tiniguiban in 2016.
“Ïtong monitoring station sa PSU ay makikita mo online at real-time ang air quality result sa area na nakapaligid sa kanya. Kaya nangangailangan ng additional station, kasi yang sa loob ng PSU ay iba siya at hindi ito nag-re-represent sa urban areas ng city kasi sa loob ng eskwelahan, maliit lang ang sasakyan, at walang gaanong activity. Kung makalagay tayo sa may Mendoza Park banda, ito ay mag-re-reflect sa air quality ng lungsod,” said Madriñan.
Madriñan said that in 2008, the city government already planned to monitor air quality in the city by purchasing a gas analyzer but it is already broken down.