The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) advises the public to wear face masks due to the air pollution brought by fireworks.
According to the DENR, there is still a high level of air pollution in the surroundings even after the lighting of fireworks has died down. However, the level of air pollution during the holiday has decreased since 2016.
In Metro Manila, Mandaluyong (399 µg/m³), Las Piñas (376 µg/m³), and Pasig (367 µg/m³) have recorded the highest level of air pollution.
DENR Undersecretary Benny Entiporda said there will still be residues of firecrackers on the ground so they still advise the public to wear face masks especially those who have asthma.
“Kapag may dumaan na sasakyan aalikabok of course malalanghap pa rin ng tao iyan (When vehicles pass by, people can inhale the dusts),” he said.
The DENR also encourages establishments or groups to no longer conduct pyrotechnics show to prevent pollution.
“Would you imagine, sa maigsing panahon na pagdiriwang natin ay habang buhay na dala na po ng baga natin ito pong metals na ito? (Would you imagine that in a short span of time we would carry these metals in our lungs?),” Entiporda said.—AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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