Rains Improve Baguio's Air Quality

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Rains Improve Baguio's Air Quality


BAGUIO CITY - The unpredictable occurrence of intermittent rains during the afternoon has significantly helped in improving the quality of air in this mountain resort city over the past several months.This was disclosed by Engineer Paquito Moreno, regional director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). He claimed the daily afternoon rains have washed down the total suspended particulates in the atmosphere, thus, the better air quality in the city's central business district compared to that of the summer months.Currently, the city's air quality was described to be good compared to the findings during the summer months that it was bad to fair because of the stocked total suspended particulates, such as sulphur dioxide, and carbon, among others, have been suspended in the air.The EMB-CAR official cited the best time for tourists to visit the city is during the rainy season because they will be enjoying fresher air and cleaner environment since all the suspended particles are now being slowly washed down by the rains.The normal air quality is supposed to be 340 micro grams per cubic meter but the city's air quality never exceeded the normal level over the past several years.However, the city's air quality starts to deteriorate during the peak seasons where tourists flock to the city due to the rapid increase in motor vehicles emitting bad smoke coupled with other factors affecting the air quality such as the present weather condition. …

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