The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the European Union (EU) launched Real-Time Air Quality Monitoring System at the NAMRIA Complex, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on June 1, 2017. The European Union provided technical assistance and expertise consisting of methodologies, real-time data transmission approaches, and software to support the generation of real-time data on air quality for the Metro Manila airshed. The technical assistance package extended by the EU to the Philippines cost 3.5 million euros and was aligned with the Philippine Development Plan.
“If we don’t have the data, we don’t know what to do. It’s for policy decisions,” EU ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said as he explained the importance of science-based policy making of the government.
DENR Assistant Secretary Rommel Abesamis said that through the system, necessary information could be generated to formulate a comprehensive air pollution management and control program.
From this collaboration, real-time data on Air Quality Index (AQI) could be made available throughout Metro Manila and viewed at www.airqualitymanila.com. The AQI values for criteria pollutants enable public authorities to monitor air quality, propose actions to protect public health at different AQI levels, and formulate effective air quality management strategies.
EU-SWITCH Team Leader Dr. Channa Gunawardena, senior science expert Dr. Jeurgen Bischoff, and NAMRIA Administrator Dr. Peter Tiangco were also on hand to grace the occasion. (FASPS/ FASPS/ Charis S. Antalan)