THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau has warned against the forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia, saying these could cause the spread of “unhealthy smog” in Mindanao.
In an advisory, officials said the forest fires could cause “high levels of air pollution” to be blown towards Mindanao in the coming days.
As of Saturday, EMB noted that the air concentration in the tree sites remain under normal levels and considered a“still in good and fair condition.”
“(The air quality level) does not pose (adverse) impact to human health,” the agency declared.
With the result, it advised the general public to maintain normal activities.
“As for healthy precautions, sensitive individuals especially children, elderly, pregnant women and those with heart and lung conditions, are advised to reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities,” it said.
“This notice is being made to aware the community of the recent incident. Your cooperation is highly appreciated,” the advisory added.
In Region 12, the EMB has been conducting daily air quality monitoring in at least three sites as initial intervention.
The monitoring stations are situated in this city, Koronadal City and Tupi town in South Cotabato.
Engr. Alex Jimenez, EMB-12 director, assured residents that the Bureau would continue the daily monitoring of the air quality level in the area as part of their mandate.
“We will make this information available to the public as soon as we get them,” he said.
Based on EMB-12’s monitoring, the particulate matter (PM10) in the air as of Saturday in Koronadal City was at 63.81 micrograms per normal cubic meter (ug/Ncm) or under the “fair” level.
PM10 particles, often described as coarse particles, are smaller than 10 micrometers (0.01 mm) in diameter. The international standard for PM10 is 60 ug/Ncm.
It was measured at 37.28 ug/Ncm in Tupi and 45.26 ug/Ncm in this city or under “good” level. (Mindanews)