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Air quality in the Philippines in 2019 polluted, not safe -Swiss monitor


Air quality in the country last year was considered polluted and unsafe for Pinoys, based on a report from Swiss-based air monitor IQAir.

According to the 2019 World Air Quality report, the Philippines was said to have 17 ug/m3 of PM2.5.

The PM2.5 is a small, inhalable pollutant with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers. It is thirty times smaller than the diameter of a single strand of human hair.


The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the safe level of air quality ranged from 10 ug per cubic meter of PM2.5, or below.

This small, fine pollutant can enter the respiratory tract, and cause asthma, lung cancer and heart disease in humans, reported Mel Tiangco on "24 Oras."

Compared to the rest of Southeast Asia, the country has the lowest concentration of the pollutant.

In IQAir's country ranking, Indonesia placed first with a PM2.5 annual mean of 51.7 ug/m3. This was followed by Vietnam and Myanmar, with 34.1 ug/m3 and 31.0 ug/m3, respectively.




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There is an interactive map “out there” that shows the Philippines is better than most of the rest of the area. However, it also shows that monitoring across the country is incomplete (no data for the Visayas)



I know from experience that the air out here in Mobo is way better than in Masbate City - only 15km away. Unfortunately, no numbers to prove it. 

On the map, if you zoom in on Manila there is no reading for “downtown” at all. It seems to get more unhealthy as you go north. 

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