Indonesia haze isn’t sparing Puerto Princesa, Palawan

By Keith Anthony S. Fabro

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Oct. 25 (PNA) -– Puerto Princesa and some parts of southern Palawan are not free from the haze that is currently overspreading in Indonesia due to widespread forest fires.

Residents here observed that since October 22, light to dense haze has been visible at the Puerto Princesa City Bay Walk.

Nelson Bonbon, weather observer in PAGASA-Puerto Princesa, said Sunday that in the city and province, light-dense smog was first monitored on October 21 propelled by the northeast monsoon.

He said that the density of the haze over the city and Palawan has become moderate, and started to blurry the atmosphere since October 22 to current.

It is visible, says Bonbon, at the Puerto Princesa bay walk, especially early in the afternoon when it’s overcasting the mountain range in front.

In spite of this, the City Health Office (CHO) has yet to make a recommendation if residents need to follow any precautionary measure to prevent them from the health impact of the forest fires in Indonesia.

Accordingly, an advisory has to be issued by the Department of Health (DOH) before any forewarning is made to the public so as not to cause undue alarm. (PNA)