PH has 11 of 15 cities with cleanest air in Southeast Asia, Int'l report says

PH has 11 of 15 cities with cleanest air in Southeast Asia, Int'l report says

This is a surprise but welcome good news.

The 2018 Air Quality Report from Switzerland-based IQ Air Visual and Greenpeace ranked 11 of the 15 cities with the cleanest air in Southeast Asia are found in the Philippines. 

Calamba, Laguna and Valenzuela City has been ranked as Philippines top cities in Southeast Asia with the cleanest air.

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As per the study, Air cleanliness is measured in the amount of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 (µg/m³).
PM2.5 is a particulate matter (ambient airborne particles), which measures up to 2.5 microns in size, and regarded to have huge health impacts. Common sources of those include combustion from vehicle engines, industry, wood and coal burning, as well as through other pollutants reacting in the atmosphere.
The country got a "moderate" rating under the Air Quality Index (AQI) with an average of 14.6 µg/m³ of PM2.5 concentration, placing 48th among 73 countries ranked with the highest particulate matter concentrations. 
The rating found by the study gives health recommendations for sensitive individuals (like those with asthma) to avoid outdoor activity in order to avoid respiratory symptoms.

Take that Singapore!, Good Job Philippines!!!

Philippines fared better than Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, which had higher particulate matter concentrations.
The report ranked Bangladesh as the most polluted country with 97.1 µg/m³ PM2.5 concentration, while Iceland was considered the cleanest with 5 µg/m³ pollutant concentration.

Below is the list of the cities and municipalities in Southeast Asia (SEA)  with the cleanest air:



Calamba City, Philippines (9.3 µg/m³)
Valenzuela City, Philippines (9.9 µg/m³)
Carmona, Philippines (10.9 µg/m³)
Satun, Thailand (11.3 µg/m³)
Parañaque City, Philippines (12.2 µg/m³)
Davao City, Philippines (12.2 µg/m³)
Makati City, Philippines (13.7 µg/m³)
Manila City, Philippines (14.3 µg/m³)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines (14.5 µg/m³)
Singapore, Singapore (14.8 µg/m³)
Narathiwat, Thailand (15.2 µg/m³)
Balanga, Philippines (16.1 µg/m³)
Quezon City, Philippines (17.5 µg/m³)
Nan, Thailand (17.6 µg/m³)
Las Piñas City, Philippines (17.9 µg/m³)

New Delhi, India was the most polluted capital city at 113.5 µg/m³, and Wellington in New Zealand was the cleanest at 6.0 µg/m³.

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