Air Pollution. It’s one of the Philippine’s main problem along with other kinds of pollution such as Water Pollution, Garbage Pollution, Poverty and Noise Pollution. However good news is heading out, because one of these problems are subsiding within Metro Manila. According to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, Air Pollution levels are slowly subsiding in Metro Manila.
Paje reported that a Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) level in NCR is down to 106ug/Ncm (micrograms per normal cubic meter) in the 3d Quarter of 2012. This is a large drop from 135ug/Ncm in the 1st Quarter and 130ug/Ncm in the 2nd Quarter. He added the level of particulate matter 10 microns in diameter or smaller (PM10) declined by 18% to 77µg/Ncm in the 3rd Quarter. This was originally 94µg/Ncm in the 1st Quarter, and it went down to 86µg/Ncm in the 2nd Quarter.
PM10, however, is considered more harmful to human health as its finer particles can penetrate lung tissue, leading to severe pulmonary/respiratory diseases. The annual guideline threshold for PM10 is 60µg/Ncm. Paje says the decline in pollutants in the air is attributed to the “successful collaboration” of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with other government agencies and the private sector. Paje said this in a statement:
“This is definitely indicative of the successful collaboration with our partners in the government and private sectors, particularly the Department of Transportation and Communications, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, local government units, Philippine Medical Association, and the media”
Paje added that there is now stricter monitoring, law enforcement and information to drive to improve air quality in Metro Manila. Composite Anti-Smoke Belching Units (ASBUs) have been formed in all cities and municipalities in the region. The ASBUs are manned by representative from the local government and the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau.