Assessment of Noise Pollution Exposure to Elementary Students: A Case in Argao, Cebu, Philippines


  • Mary Ellen C. Camarillo Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of College of Technology and Engineering, Cebu Technological University – Argao Campus, Cebu 6021, Philippines
  • Goldelyn D. Sangalang Department of Industrial Engineering, Undergraduate Students, Cebu Technological University – Argao Campus, Cebu 6021, Philippines
  • Hazel L. Pantinople Department of Industrial Engineering, Undergraduate Students, Cebu Technological University – Argao Campus, Cebu 6021, Philippines
  • Marvin O. Batoctoy Department of Industrial Engineering, Undergraduate Students, Cebu Technological University – Argao Campus, Cebu 6021, Philippines


decibels (dB), noise level, noise pollution, elementary schools, students


A learning environment greatly influences students' learning outcomes. Children are strongly affected by noise because it negatively impacts learning at a critical developmental stage. The assessed schools are located near the national highway, exposing children to noise levels higher than the World Health Organization's recommended level of 35 decibels. Previous research evaluates the students' exposure to noise and its effects but cannot elaborate on their perception of this exposure. The instruments used were a questionnaire to determine student's perceptions and a Sound Level Meter (SL-4010) to measure noise levels in specific locations. Significant relationships and significant differences between variables were analyzed with the use of SPSS v16.0. The primary cause of possible noise-related effects on students' well-being and attentiveness in class was identified via Pareto Analysis as transportation and classmates and the noise level. The noise level is highest between 8 am and 12 pm. However, the students perceived that their noise level exposure is only Somewhat impactful even though the lowest Leqmin, 36.6 decibels (dB), surpasses recommended level by the WHO. Statistical methods were also used to determine that students' demographics do not significantly affect their perceptions. There is also no significant difference between noise level perception and noise level measurement.


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How to Cite

Mary Ellen C. Camarillo, Goldelyn D. Sangalang, Hazel L. Pantinople, & Marvin O. Batoctoy. (2021). Assessment of Noise Pollution Exposure to Elementary Students: A Case in Argao, Cebu, Philippines. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research (IJSBAR), 60(4), 331–344. Retrieved from