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Calamba has cleanest air in Southeast Asia — study

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 02:08 PM March 07, 2019

Calamba has cleanest air in Southeast Asia -- report

MANILA, Philippines – Calamba City in Laguna province ranked first among the 15 cities with the cleanest air Southeast Asia (SEA) in 2018, a study revealed.

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Meanwhile, two Philippine cities, namely Meycuayan in Bulacan and Caloocan in Metro Manila, were among 15 cities in SEA with the most polluted air.

The study from the Swiss-based IQ AirVisual examined measurements of particulate matters known as PM2.5 that can penetrate the human respiratory system causing a wide range of health effects.

The report showed that Calamba City in Laguna ranked first among the cities in SEA with the cleanest air with a PM2.5 concentration (µg/m³) of 9.3 last year.

It was followed by Valenzuela City with an average of 9.9 µg/m³ and Carmona City in Cavite with a 10.9 µg/m³ level.

Parañaque City ranked fifth with 12.2 µg/m³ level followed by Davao City and Makati City.

Manila City came in eighth place with an average of 14.3 µg/m³ in 2018 followed by Mandaluyong with 14.5 µg/m³.

Balanga City in Bataan ranked 12th with a 16.1 µg/m³ level followed by Quezon City with a 17.5 µg/m³.

Lastly, Las Piñas capped the list placing 15th with a 17.9 µg/m³ level in 2018.

Meanwhile, among the SEA cities with the dirtiest air, Meycauayan City ranked seventh with 32.5 µg/m³ in 2018, while Caloocan placed 11th with 31.4 µg/m³ level.

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Overall, the Philippines ranked 48th in the list of 73 countries in the study, with a 14.62 μg/m³ in 2018.

Out of the 62 world capitals, Manila ranked 42nd, with a moderate 14.3 μg/m³ level in 2018.

The Philippines also registered the lowest μg/m³ levels among six SEA countries included in the survey, namely, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. /cbb

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