Bantay Kalikasan

Health Statistics and Air Pollution

ALKFI
October 28, 2014

1. “Valuing the health cost. An initial analysis of the cost health impacts of PM10 in four urban areas of the Philippines – Metro Manila, Davao City, Cebu City, and Baguio City – was undertaken…” This study concluded that “the yearly cost of exposure to PM10 in the four cities is estimated as follows:

- Over 2,000 people die prematurely. This loss is valued at about US$140million.

- Over 9,000 people suffer from chronic bronchitis which is valued at about US$120 million.

- Nearly 51 million cases of respiratory symptom days in Metro Manila (averaging twice a year in Davao and Cebu, and five to six times in Metro Manila and Baguio), costs about US$170 million. This is a 70 percent increase, over a decade, when compared with finding of a similar study done in 1992 for Metro Manila, which reported 33 million cases.

2. Studies show that each Filipino spends an average of 2,000.00PHP annually due to the negative health effects of air pollution.

3. In a 2006 study 26.8% of jeepney drivers in Zamboanga have Tuberculosis symptomatic.

4. In a 1990-1991 study it was found that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was found in :

- 32.5 of jeepney drivers

- 16.4% of aircon bus drivers

- 14.8 of commuters

5. In the same study it was shown that pulmonary tuberculosis is prevalent in:

- 17.5% of jeepney drivers

- 11.5% of aircon bus drivers

- 9% of commuters