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Guimaras clarifies ‘haze alert’ due to Indonesia forest fire

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The provincial government of Guimaras has debunked false social media posts claiming that the province is under haze alert due to forest fires in Indonesia.

In its Facebook page, the provincial government advised the public to remain vigilant against unofficial information coming from unverified sources.

The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has not issued any advisory placing Guimaras under haze alert, the post also stated. (https://bit.ly/3iV9QAv)

It was learned that these haze alerts were from last year’s Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s bulletin.

This haze bulletin was then shared online on various social media sites, thus misleading people into thinking that the information was posted recently.

“Haze coming from the forest fires of Indonesia pushed by Habagat is currently affecting portions of Mimaropa, Bicol Reg., Visayas, and Mindanao. The Prov. of Guimaras and the whole Western Visayas is under haze alert.

“Everyone is advised to wear mask or eye goggles when going outside due to the ill effects of haze like cough, asthma or other health problems,” the bulletin read.