New policy brief tackles air quality monitoring under the new normal

The Philippines is one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Southeast Asian region. Since March, the country has been under community quarantine which has led to noticeable improvements in air quality in Metro Manila. People have seen blue skies without haze in the metro after many years, giving residents a glimpse of what is possible should controls on emission sources such as motor vehicles are imposed.

As governments around the world are planning and implementing approaches for the ‘New Normal’, it is high time to undertake strategies to strengthen and employ innovative ways to monitor air quality. Parallel to this, we should also look into efforts that would quantify and mitigate air pollution that has long affected the environment and the health of the public.

Clean Air Asia has recently published the paper, “Policy Brief on Monitoring Air Quality Under the New Normal” which looks at the status, challenges, and needs in air quality monitoring in the Philippines. It also presents opportunities for air quality monitoring improvement in the new normal, and enumerates policy and research recommendations for air quality managers and other decision-makers.

To learn more, download the policy brief here: