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Worst air pollution episode

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FIGURE 1. The view of the Marikina Valley from the Manila Observatory in Quezon City at the stroke of  midnight (A) of 2014. At 6 a.m., the view (B) was obscured by smoke from fireworks and firecrackers. By  afternoon, the air had cleared up. The mountain range and buildings in the valley (C) at 5 p.m. and the lights from the valley (D) on the evening of Jan. 1 were visible. PHOTO AND GRAPHS COURTESY OF MANILA OBSERVATORY

New Year in and around Metro Manila was smoggy, with the worst air pollution episode of the year. This was due to the many commercial and homemade firecrackers and fireworks that were set off beginning in the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, peaking at midnight.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Injuries from Yuletide and New Year revelry (Dec. 21 to Jan. 5)

Cause of injury              2013           2012           2011 Firework                      997*           904             970** Firework ingestion         2              2               5 Stray bullet                 19             25*             29* Total cases***              1,018          931           1,004    

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Who doesn’t want children?

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If a Filipino Catholic bishop is to be believed, it is the “will of God” for the number of Filipinos to grow because it’s all part of the Divine Plan.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘You’ve got nothing to fear if you’ve got nothing to hide’

The year 2013 has just ended and we’re barely into the new year. It’s the perfect time to look back at our victories and successes, but it’s also an opportune time to think about the steps we’d like to take moving forward. That’s why the new year is the time when people start making resolutions [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Nothing learned

The New Year has arrived but it is clear many Filipinos have learned nothing when it comes to the continued use of dangerous firecrackers. As of Jan. 3, the Department of Health (DOH) had already tallied 933 injuries nationwide caused either by firecrackers or stray bullets during the holiday revelry, which the DOH traditionally measures from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5. This means that the number of injuries has already exceeded last year’s tally of 931 with two more days to go. Damning still is the finding that the vast majority of the injuries were caused by the notorious “piccolo” firecracker which, while being officially banned, is now making its way to the soon-to-be-severed fingers of more and more young Filipinos.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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