By Rizal Obanil
An environmental group claims that the air pollution in in the city of Manila was lessened dramatically as an indirect result of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Based on data from Clean Air Asia, the air quality in Manila has improved since the ECQ was enforced.
The group said that in Mendiola for example, the particulate matter has gone down by 13 percent, since classes were suspended on March 9.
It further went down by 4 percent after the ECQ was implemented on March 16.
On the second week of implementation, air pollution in Mendiola has gone down by 36 percent.
Overall Mendiola’s air pollution has gone down by 50 percent while Rizal Park’s air pollution has gone down by 61 percent.
The most significant air pollution reduction happened in the area happened in front of the Manila City Hall which went down by 74 percent since the start of the ECQ.