What to know about the Sanitary Steel Pipe Replacement Program
In 2015, SanitarySteel.com reported that a pipe replacement program was implemented in the Philippines to replace the pipe systems at the main railway station in Manila.
The Philippines has the second-largest pipe system in the world after China and was also home to the world’s largest steel production capacity, but its capacity is limited due to the lack of infrastructure.
The Philippine government also aims to diversify its transportation system and diversify the country’s transportation infrastructure through public works projects and infrastructure projects, but it’s unclear if the program has a positive impact on reducing pollution and air quality.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Dr. William De La Torre, director of the National Institute for Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences, said that the program is “a huge step forward, but we still have a lot of work to do to make sure that it is sustainable.”
Dr. De La Trétor said that, at this stage, the Philippines is the only country in the Asia Pacific region that does not have a complete pipe system.
“It’s a pipe that has been completely corroded,” he said.
“The only reason why we have a pipe system that is this degraded is because the pipes are being replaced all the time, which is a huge waste of time.”
The pipe replacement effort began in 2013, with the first project being installed in the early 2020s.
A second project was installed in 2021.
The pipe system is designed to allow the railway station to operate at a capacity of 10,000 passengers per day and is equipped with power, water, and sewage treatment equipment.
The Philippines has been experiencing a decline in the countrys coal consumption, and the country is currently experiencing a decrease in air quality due to a large number of fires in the coal sector.
According to De La Toro, the pipe replacement project is a major step forward in the Philippine governments efforts to combat air pollution and reduce carbon emissions.
“We are a developing country, so we have this need for a cleaner environment,” he told Al Jazeera.
“I think the pipe system will be very helpful in making sure that we’re not emitting greenhouse gases, so that we can still grow economically.”
According to Dr. De Leo, the program will also help improve the Philippines’ ability to diversifying its transportation infrastructure.
“The pipe that we are replacing will be a pipe in the US and Europe that we will use to transport people and goods across the world, which will make it very easy for us to do so,” he explained.
“So, for example, if we are trying to transport cargo, then we would not have to have an expensive pipeline.
So we can now use pipes that are cheaper, easier to transport and less environmentally damaging.”