More than 500,000 diesel-fueled jeepneys, buses, trucks and other vehicles in Metro Manila are responsible for about 70 percent of the total soot or black carbon emissions in the Philippines, according to Climate Change Commissioner Heherson Alvarez.
In a speech before the just-ended 2013 Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, a copy of which was furnished to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Alvarez also reported that “public utility vehicles, mostly jeepneys, produce 22,000 metric tons of soot emissions per year” in the country.
The conference was held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in the Indian capital.
Citing Philippine Environment Monitor figures, the former senator and environment secretary noted that “air pollution costs the Philippine economy some $1.5 billion annually, in large part due to diesel vehicles.”
“The World Bank estimates that some 5,000 annual premature deaths make up 12 percent of all deaths in Metro Manila, the highest of any region in the Philippines, due primarily to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases from exposure to air pollution,” he said.