Pollution in Iloilo, Philippines

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Pollution Index: 78.05
Pollution Exp Scale: 137.49

Pollution in Iloilo, Philippines

Air Pollution
69.64 High
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility
58.93 Moderate
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal
60.71 High
Dirty and Untidy
58.33 Moderate
Noise and Light Pollution
67.86 High
Water Pollution
76.79 High
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City
61.67 High
Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City
62.50 High

Purity and Cleanliness in Iloilo, Philippines

Air quality
30.36 Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility
41.07 Moderate
Garbage Disposal Satisfaction
39.29 Low
Clean and Tidy
41.67 Moderate
Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights
32.14 Low
Water Quality
23.21 Low
Comfortable to Spend Time in the City
38.33 Low
Quality of Green and Parks
37.50 Low

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Last update: September, 2015

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#matt on Apr 10, 2014 :
...... honestly and bluntly, the noise pollution in philippino towns is uncouth, primitive, and leaves one with the impression of how backwards the country is........ there it is.
#Jake on Sep 20, 2011 :
Iloilo has a few good points, but public services are not among them.

Strolling anywhere outside of the malls can range from mildly uncomfortable to outright aggravating. Side walks are often used as make-shift parking lots, forcing pedestrians to walk into traffic to get around the vehicles. Cross walks are useless as nobody knows what they are for. They have recently assigned a task force to ticket people who jaywalk, but have failed to ticket people who block the crosswalk. There are a few overpasses, something which should be limited to very wide highways which are scarce in Iloilo, but these overpasses only make things worse. For those staying on the sidewalk, they are forced into a single file bottle-neck where they must wait for a crowd to pass before lining up to go through themselves. The overpasses are havens for people who are waiting to harass you. The police are there at key times, but the loiterers swoop in the moment the police leave. At times the sidewalks disappear altogether and a building sticks right out into it, cutting it off and forcing the pedestrian to walk into traffic or through a maze of venders and/or vehicles (tricycles and pedicabs are particularly guilty of obstructing walk ways).

The roads have been slowly improving along with the litter problem. Public urination is still a big problem. You can rarely go anywhere without having to inhale someone's urinary fumes. Some places are frequented so often that the walls are stained and are beginning to erode.

Smoke is an extremely bad problem. It is not as bad as Manila only for two reasons, it is not as crowded, and there aren't any major industrial areas. There are plenty of anti-smoking and anti-pollution signs around the city, but they provide no means of reporting offenders. There was once, but it was limited to a land line (which almost nobody has in the Philippines). Jeepneys still belch black clouds with impunity. They are no quick to light a cigarette in downtown areas, but the second they think there is no auxiliary officer to see them, they light up and puff away. The drivers are the worst offenders.

Noise pollution is perhaps the worst pollution of Iloilo City. I and several of my friends who live here have felt the need to wear ear-plugs when traveling. Anybody, apparently, can just buy a whistle and appoint their self as traffic director. The police are not USUALLY too bad with their whistles, but these self-appointed traffic cops don't understand the concept of damaging the ear drums and blow into their whistles with all their might just as your jeepney is passing by.
Businesses are the WORST offenders in the city. They think that they will gather more business by playing club music as loud as they can out front of their businesses with speakers that are obviously intended for rock concerts. Many of these are small businesses whose products have nothing to do with selling speakers (shoe stores for example). Iloilo Supermart and Gaisano are especially guilty of this.
Drivers seem to intentionally make their mufflers loud, especially tricycles. Private drivers have misunderstood the responsible and intended use of the horn (to warn of impending danger) and often use it as a form of stress relief at the expense of the passengers of the jeepney ahead of them. I would even risk my attempts to be balanced by calling this behavior particularly obnoxious as it has nothing to do with poverty or lack of education (in other words, shame on them).

Noise pollution can, at any particular time, become a serious issue for residents as well. Churches feel that everyone should be obligated to wake up at 4:00am to the sound of their bells or prerecorded choir songs blared out from their towers. Iglesia Ni Cristo and the Catholic Church specifically.
Baranggay fiestas are often not held within reasonable limitations. Festivities can and do carry on throughout all hours of the night. I have seen cases where this has gone on for 4 days straight, only letting up long enough for the party-goers to sleep a few hours before getting up and starting over. The speakers are so loud that there is no way to keep the noise out of your house or even your bones for that matter. I'm not even sure a bomb shelter would keep the sound out.
At times, the noise is also unreasonably loud in the malls as well (SM and Robinson particularly), but not much can be said about that since it is an enclosed place of business and the sounds don't escape the mall setting, but the sound can reach ear-damaging proportions nearly anywhere at any given time. Kareoke machines can be a localized example of how this can become a problem no matter where you go.

You can only have decent water pressure if you have the budget to buy an electric pump or place a water tower on your property. Otherwise, there's no guarantee that you will even have water when you turn on your faucet. The water is yellow and often has brown sediments that drift to the bottom of whatever container you fill.

The only half-way decent green park is in Lapaz. The others are run-down and mostly dirt and trees. Visitors who don't look dirt-poor are constantly harassed, especially if they remain stationary for more than about 10 seconds.

Iloilo is a city with a lot of potential. The laid-back small-town culture could make Iloilo a nice getaway, but these problems must be dealt with before it can be considered liveable. Locals have grown accustomed to it, but even they are not happy with it. They have just fallen into a "Well, whatareyagonna do?" mentality and cannot invision any relief.

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