If there is one good thing about the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the fact that the environment has benefited in the suspension of operations of hundreds or even thousands of factories that are major violators of anti-pollution laws.
The Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology of the University of the Philippines (UP-IESM) says two weeks after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was enforced, there was a noted decrease in pollution levels by at least 180% in Luzon.
The suspension of public transportation has also contributed to the significant downturn of pollution in Metro Manila.
Since most production operations are suspended, factories that usually expels massive amount of pollutants in the air are closed giving the environment some breathing spells.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), on the other hand, says mass transportation is responsible for almost 88% of pollution in NCR.