MANILA, Philippines — People affected by the smog enveloping parts of Luzon on Friday should wear face masks, said Sec. Renato Solidum Jr.
Smog caused by excessive car emissions trapped by cold air hit Metro Manila, while Calabarzon and Central Luzon are hit by volcanic smog or vog due to Taal Volcano’s activity.
“Sa oras na gkakaroon ng volcanic mist from Taal Volcano and a talagang nagma mask and mga kababayan. Dito sa Kamaynilaan at karatig na probinsiya lalung-lalo na iyong maraming mga tumatakbong mga sasakyan, makikita po natin iyong pollution,” Solidum said in the Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon public briefing.
(Once volcanic fog forms in Taal Volcano, local residents should wear face masks. Here in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces, especially in places where there are many cars on the road, we may see pollution.)
Solidum said that although the smog has two different causes, it affects people’s health in similar ways.
“Kailangan with a mag respiratory mask, may cause allergy, which may lead to pollutants in the volcanic area of the volcano; ditto sa Metro Manila, go to sasakyan,” he said.
(The public must wear a face mask so that our respiratory systems are not affected because if you have weak lungs or are prone to allergies, you will often be affected by these pollutants in the Taal Volcano area. And here in Metro Manila, the pollutants come from the cars.)
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