A group of students of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology shared their research with me, shortly after it was published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.
The study is a first of its kind, confirming microplastic particles in Metro Manila air, and I proudly broke it on GMA News Online.
It resulted in the network's primetime news cast picking up the story, and a local government unit reaching out to see the study and be guided accordingly.
I am hopeful the research will command better attention from politicians, business leaders, and policy makers, so they can lead better and create better laws that will protect the citizens.
While finding microplastics in the air is alarming — remember, our lungs cannot digest microplastics, Dr. Bacosa reminds — "what we're concerned with is the fact that microplastics can be a carrier of other things like bacteria, viruses, and cancerous compounds like heavy metals," he said.
In other words, apart from the risk of introducing a foreign object like microplastics into our bodies, these microplastics can also give pollutants and disease-causing bacteria a free ride into our innards and bodily organs.