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In an analysis conducted by CAI-Asia in 2010 using the Clean Air Scorecard, Metro Manila’s air quality management remains at moderate status where most of the basic air quality management components are present but needs to be improved either in terms of frequency or coverage.
An example is that while air quality monitoring is conducted by different organizations (Environmental Management Bureau, Manila Observatory and Philippine Nuclear Research Institute), air quality reporting to the public remains weak. Other weaknesses noted are mostly in terms of modeling to better understand dispersion, exposure and health impacts.
The objective of this project is to strengthen air quality management of Metro Manila by improving the scientific and technical understanding of air pollution pathways in Metro Manila and increase the capacity of AQ stakeholders in collaborating for air quality studies, specifically
1. To improve the understanding of PM pathway in metro Manila through an updated dispersion map
- Which takes into account changes in landform
- Improved emissions inventory for mobile sources and stationary sources (updated with emissions factors and data)
- Validated by monitoring and source apportionment data of Manila Observatory
2. To work with local stakeholders including government agencies and universities to ensure sustainability of AQM in Metro Manila.
Official Project Title:
Air Dispersion Modeling Study
Kaibigan ng Kalikasan at Kaunlaran (KKK), Manila Observatory, Environmental Management Bureau
June 2012 – May 2014
Glynda Bathan, glynda.bathan(at)cai-asia.org
May Ajero, may.ajero(at)cai-asia.org