By Bohol Island News Staff | 12:42 AM September 18, 2019
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Visayas has yet to confirm if haze is affecting Bohol province.
News reports said that haze, an atmospheric phenomenon when dust, smoke and other dry particles obscure the clarity of the sky, coming from the forest fire at Indonesia is currently affecting portions of Mimaropa, Visayas, and Mindanao.
In October 2015, a haze affected Bohol that several flights were cancelled due to low visibility.
According to CDN Digital, Engr. Cindylyn Pepito-Ochea, EMB-Central Visayas’s ambient air and water quality chief, they are looking into the ongoing forest fires occurring in Indonesia as the source of the haze affecting Metro Cebu and other provinces.
Malaysia and Singapore are also experiencing hazes due to forest fires in Sumatra.
EMB-Central Visayas Director William Cuñado has ordered a team from his office to conduct air quality testing in some parts of Metro Cebu.
DENR will issue public advisories if there is a need to wear masks when going outdoors.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Emergency Alerts shared Haze Bulletin No.1 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept . 17.
Areas under Haze Alert:
– Negros Occidental
– Negros Oriental
– Southern Leyte
– Northern Samar
– Eastern Samar
– Surigao del Sur
– Surigao del Norte
– Agusan del Norte
– Agusan del Sur
– Zamboanga City
– Zamboanga del Norte
– Zamboanga del Sur
– Lanao del Norte
– Lanao del Sur
– Misamis Oriental
– Misamis Occidental
– South Cotabato
– Sultan Kudarat
– Davao de Oro
– Davao Oriental
– Davao Occidental
– Davao del Norte
– Davao del Sur including Davao City
Air Quality Monitoring:
– Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Moderate)
– Iloilo City, Iloilo (Moderate)
– Bacolod City, Negros Occidental (Moderate)
– Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (Moderate)
– Siquijor (Moderate)
– Metro Cebu (Moderate)
– Tagbilaran City, Bohol (Moderate)
– Tacloban City, Leyte (Moderate)
– Borongan City. Eastern Samar (Moderate)
– Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (Moderate)
– Butuan City, Agusan del Norte (Moderate)
– Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental (Moderate)
– Davao City (Moderate)