Manila Pollution Problems and the Benefits of Few Weeks of Community Quarantine

Manila Bay looks like Boracay (photo taken from Filipinos Around the World)
Boracay? No: Manila Bay! (photo taken from Filipinos Around the World)

While I was checking my Facebook notifications I stumbled upon a couple of posts from Filipinos Around the World and Virtual Pinoy that caught my attention

(https://www.facebook.com/179374708785475/posts/2960181320704786/?app=fbl, https://virtualpinoy.com/2020/03/look-beautiful-sierra-madre-over-metro-manilas-smog-free-skies/)

I have been to Manila a few times and I have been wandering how the usok or smog problem could possibly be fixed.

The area know as Metro Manila is wrapped in such a thick and dense cloud of smog that it is almost impossible to see the nearby Sierra Madre Mountains.

Well, few weeks of community quarantine have made it possible, as smog has abated quite a lot.

Not only that: it seems like even Manila Bay is becoming some sort of Boracay.

So here is the answer to the question that many experts have tried to answer for decades: how can Manila pollution problems be solved?

Evidently by drastically reducing car traffic!

How? Not easy but my impression as a foreigner is that way too many Filipinos use their cars or ride on a jeepney unnecessarily, even to cover very short distances. So letting go of that habit would probably go a long way.

Manila traffic

Mabuhay ang kawalan ng trapik….

8 thoughts on “Manila Pollution Problems and the Benefits of Few Weeks of Community Quarantine

      1. Surprisingly, it’s also happening here in Cebu. There is minimal air pollution due to the reduction of usage of any form of transportation. The hills which are hardly seen in the past can be clearly seen right now 🙂

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      2. In my wife’s small barangay tricycles alone cause more usok than there is in the whole city of Rome….sobrang luma ang mga sasakyan diyan kaya grabe ang usok

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