Air pollution hit to Traffic Police life

Metro Manila, a growingly dense and urbanized City has become dustier than in the past. Because of pollution traffic police risk their lives.

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Heavy traffic at Kantipuna Avenue road in 20 October on Friday. (Right and Left)  Photo: Ramu Sapkota











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.

48 years old, traffic constable, Ira Yoson on his duty at Loyala height road Quezon City in 16 October on Monday. Photo: Ramu Sapkota

Philippines Statistic Authority data says that between 2007 and 2012, an additional 2 million vehicles are on the roads. 

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.

To reduce pollution government needs to look at other options including electric vehicles.



Air pollution hit to Traffic Police life

Not so sweet: Japanese corn Vendors Struggle to Make Ends Meet


It’s another slow day for Nelia. She waits for customers to arrive. Photo by Reynald Ramirez

Nelia Manalastas sits on a stool watching traffic inch its way her stall on Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. She’s one of the 16 vendors lined up waiting for cars to pull over and buy her Japanese sweet corn. It’s another slow day.

Manalastas is the oldest vendor on the street. She has been selling corn to support her family since 1994. With her earnings as small-scale entrepreneur, she paid her bills and sent her five children to high school.

Since 2005, she noticed a decline in her sales. She blames the traffic congestion in Metro Manila for this problem.


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Nelia prepares the Japanese corn before her customers arrive. Photo by Reynald Ramirez




Not so sweet: Japanese corn Vendors Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Tarts and Tots


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.

Tarts and Tots

Ate Alma

Late afternoons are when Ate Alma can take a breather after a long day

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.

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Ate Alma points to the corner wall where she hopes to fill with photos of graduates
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Graduation photos occupy Ate Alma’s workstation. She says it keeps her happy
Ate Alma

Ateneo plans to build a new parking building to solve parking problem


PARKING. Ateneo only has 850 parking spots.


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.



Ateneo plans to build a new parking building to solve parking problem

Ateneo eJeep: Watts it all about?

An eJeep waits for passengers at the Ateneo Grade School building


As part of Ateneo de Manila’s sustainability and mobility programs, eJeeps roam the university grounds offering free rides to anyone inside the campus.

The vehicles were introduced in 2015 as a joint project between the university and Meralco subsidiary, MServe. MServe provides maintenance for the eJeeps and the charging station.

The eJeeps are convenient, safe, and pollution-free. They serve as an example of sustainable mobility.

Ateneo eJeep: Watts it all about?

Car Wash

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.

Car cleaner Francis Arsenio wipes the interiors of a sedan.


Soap suds drip from a vehicle that sought services from the car wash shop where Francis works.

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.

Car Wash