Probably thousands of tricycle drivers are protesting in front of the Presidential palace regarding the issue of banning the 2-stroke motor tricycles in the country. It is in accordance to the Clean Air Act. The exhaust of these tricycles contains a high level of unburned gasoline and lubricant which increases hydrocarbon emissions and fine particulate matter. These pollutants are responsible for serious health effects including heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases and premature mortality. Fine particulate matter is even more harmful because this occurs near ground level where people work and live. Problem is, there’s probably hundreds of thousands of tricycle drivers in the entire Philippines, most of them have tricycle driving as their main source of livelihood.

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