It’s another slow day for Nelia. She waits for customers to arrive. Photo by Reynald Ramirez
Vendors line up Katipunan Avenue to sell Japanese Corn. Nelia Manalastas is the oldest vendor in this street. She has been selling corn to support her family for more than 20 years. Since 2005, she noticed a decline in her sales. She blames the traffic congestion in Metro Manila for this problem.
The U.P. Town Center in Katipunan, Quezon City houses several businesses, mostly established restaurants and retail shops. But Patricia Manalili and Faith Sagales, entrepreneurship students from the University of Sto. Tomas, hope to make their names here.
These are the best sellers at Pizza Bakeshop.
Central Shack features tater tots with toppings.
Patricia Manalili (left) and Faith (Sagales) work as a team to sell their products.
Alma Fermano is known to many students at Ateneo as “Ate Alma”. She has been photocopying for them for 22 years. The mother of three is the sole breadwinner for her family. Her love for the students of Ateneo is only exceeded by the community who loves her back.
Quezon City – Many students of Ateneo de Manila complain about parking. They have difficulty in finding parking slots and it makes them late for class. Ateneo launched a carpooling program to reduce private car use, but it doesn’t attract students. Some students are concerned about safety or routes of car-pooling. The University plans to increase parking fee and provide more parking spaces to deal with the problem.
CARPOLL. Ateneo introduces a car pooling program but it doesn’t attract students.
PARKING FEES RISE. Ateneo plans to increase parking fees as a way to discourage student from taking their cars to campus.
Twenty-year old Francis Arsenio traded his schoolbooks and pens for rags and vacuum cleaners to work as a car wash boy and help provide for his family.
Francis was enrolled in a short course for automotive mechanics in his hometown Laguna, but had to drop out due to lack of funds. Lucky for him, his cousin in Metro Manila owns a car wash shop – the closest he can get into to pursue his love for cars.
Metro Manila, a growingly dense and urbanized City has become dustier than in the past. Because of pollution traffic police risk their lives.
By Ramu Sapkota
20 October, 5 pm in Monday at Katapunan, Loyola Heights. Vehicles inch along. But some time because of heavy traffic they stand still.
Traffic police direct jeepneys, cars and busses. Black, dusty smoke fly in the sky; it almost seems dark with pollution.
Traffic police don’t wear masks, eyeglasses or any other protection as they direct traffic out of Ateneo. They are not feeling well because they are breathing invisible dust particles, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. All of which contribute to chronic respiratory diseases.
And when they get sick government does not help with sick pay.
Jaynarey E. Baguhin, 24 years old traffic constable has directed traffic outside Ateneo with no mask or protective goggles for the past eight years. .
Rush hour, from 6 to 7 pm has more pollution because of heavy traffic.
He suffers from allergies and bronchitis like many of his fellow officers. He worries it may become chronicle disease in future. But until he got sick he didn’t know the dangers.
The number of increasing vehicles contributes to make his workplace a hazard.
According to World Health Organization, the impact of air pollution on health isn’t limited to respiratory infections but it is a leading cause of heart diseases and strokes.
Now more people are driving diesel and petrol released vehicles. Consummation of petroleum product is also going up because of more vehicles. Diesel soot is microscopic, can be embedded deep in the lungs, and even be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Philippines Statistic Authority data says that between 2007 and 2012, an additional 2 million vehicles are on the roads.
According to Department of Health, Philippines leading causes of death include cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and lung cancer. Air pollution is a major contribution to these diseases.
To reduce pollution government needs to look at other options including electric vehicles.