Oroquieta City – Oroquietanons now worries on the haze that hovers over its skyline after PAGASA Northern Mindanao reported that the wildfire smog from Indonesia has reached the Southern Philippine Island that creates an atmospheric haze.
Luz Mercado, a weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental confirms that said smog came from the wildfire that hits Indonesia forests.
Dr. Clemente Almonte who heads the City Health Services told Philippine News Agency that the city which belongs to Northern Mindanao is now monitoring its skyline and prepares for any medical response to it.
According to PAGASA, the south westerly winds drove the smog towards Mindanao, where the haze is visible in mostly part of Northern and Southern Mindanao areas.
Medical research confirms that the smog and haze could dissipate when rainfalls occur because the smog comprises small particles that could be dissolved by rains. Its belching fires became a perennial problem in Indonesia that was started by a continuing slash and burn methods of its farmer to clear areas where palm oil plantations grows in Sumatra and Borneo of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education in the province of Misamis Occidental is also monitoring coming of said smog in order to caution them for it will certainly affects the health of students, but as of this time, DepED authorities has prepared alternative safety measures to its impact if it will become visible.
In Misamis Oriental, particularly Cagayan de Oro Laguindingan Airport, Jose Bodiongan, Airport manager said that an advice to conduct visual landing on Tuesday after thick haze almost rendered a zero visibility however, Bodiongan farther said that weather situation remain normal and flight schedules remained unhampered.
On his part Oroquieta City Mayor Jason Paredes Almonte advises all sectors to monitor and be prepared to any emergency preparedness if worst comes. He also advises the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to coordinate with the City Health Office for any medical preparation.PJT