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DENR to apprehend smoke belching vehicles in Metro

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MANILA, Philippines–The Environment department is cracking down on smoke belchers as it revived the national government’s campaign to apprehend vehicles that fail to follow emission standards in the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Friday signed a memorandum of agreement with Department of Transportation and Communication, represented by Undersecretary Oscar Moncupa, and Department of Interior and Local Government to intensify the anti-pollution campaign in the metropolis.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it is cracking down on vehicles as they are the major source of pollution in the city. Vehicles, the DENR said, emit carbon monoxide and sulfur molecules that have mixed with dust.

Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna said vehicle emission contributes at least 80 percent of total suspended particulates (TSP) in Metro Manila, with the remaining 20 percent coming from stationary sources or industries.

According to EMB records, levels of total suspended particulates in Metro Manila have steadily declined from an average high of 166 micrograms per Normal cubic meter (µg/Nm3) in June 2010 to 112 µg/Nm3 last September.

Recently, Paje said the air in the vicinity of the busy intersection of EDSA and Taft Avenue in Pasay City has been measured to be the dirtiest in Metro Manila, at 280µg/Nm3.

Under the MOA, 10 composite anti-smoke belching (ASB) teams would be created to conduct roadside apprehensions along the metropolis’ main avenues.

Each team would be composed of officially designated personnel from the EMB, the DOTC’s Land Transportation Office, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and other stakeholders.

The DENR will provide each team with the necessary equipment such as smoke meters, along with the necessary training on their operation, calibration and maintenance, and on emission standards and regulations. The agency would also coordinate with other stakeholders and monitor and evaluate the progress of the inspection teams.


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  • http://twitter.com/mega_chat mega chat

    please apprehend also smoke-belching DRIVERS and PASSENGERS of public vehicles! please!

  • Anonymous

    Shift to CNG (compressed natural gas) instead of DIESEL which is poor grade or low quality.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WTIDDKQ3R5YTKSGNPI6WYUUHBM Iggy Arroyo

      Europe believes other wise.  Last I hear 60% of vehicles there got diesel engine.

  • Anonymous

    Look into Emission Testing Centers too. Ever wonder how these smoke-belchers get through emission tests year after year?   

  • Anonymous

    gather the violators into teams and make them clean the rivers, the slums, the gutters and or plant trees en masse so they make up for the dirt they’ve caused.

  • http://twitter.com/Negastarr NegaStarr

    DENR should have started doing this A LONG TIME AGO!!!

  • Anonymous

    I work in Manila Doctors and traverse Taft everyday. The place is horrible. Its a haven for smoke belchers. They are so proud and everywhere you look, no police officer even stops them . P.S. You really need a mask especially if you have pneumonia. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WTIDDKQ3R5YTKSGNPI6WYUUHBM Iggy Arroyo

    I am so willing to help on this, ano bang hotline pwede mag report?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J47R2PJFKFPPV25TLBRVNXIYKY Mel

    Truth be told, Miss Earth USA is right, Manila is noisy and dirty and add “polluted” to that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Seriously guys, almost every city within NCR has an ASBU (Anti Smoke Belching Unit) already.
    The problem lies in the, ehem, “collection” policies of these units.
    Their most common customers are buses and jeeps.
    For a fee (no receipt of course), the results of the data can be disregarded and/or waived.
    Rather than have their units impounded, these bus and jeep drivers gladly fork over what is requested from them and go about their merry ways.
    We already have numerous ordinances and memorandums concerning the regulation of pollution emitters. Rather than more MOAs, they have to work on the integrity of the enforcement units.
    As things stand now, ASBUs are one of the largest money makers in the LGUs and this is an open secret.

  • Anonymous

    Hay…salamat naman at naramdaman din ang makapamatay problema ng lansangan!  Wag lng po sa main thoroughfares ang dapat babantayan pati na rin sa mga secondary routes.

    Pwede po ba isama na rin ang mga drivers na nagbubuga ng usok? naninigarilyo! walang pakundangan kung manigarilyo khit punong puno ng pasahero ang kanyang jeep. khit nakikita ng nagtatakipan na ng tuwalya ang kanyang mga pasahero ay deadma pa rin.

    salamat po!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Lahat na yatang Government Agency naitala na sa kalsada para hulihin itong mga smoke belching vehicle na ito at ngayon kailangan pang may dalang mga high tech equipment para madetect ang mausok na sasakyan hay naku tingnan mo lang makita mo na kung aling sasakyan ang mausok e duling naman yata ang mga taong naka-assigned sa kalsada kc ang bulsa ng mga driver lagi nakikita nila. Mga parekoy sa pagrehestro palang alam nyo na ang mmga sasakyan hindi makapasa sa smoke belching hwag na kayong pakahirap sa paghuli pa sa kanila sa kalsada. Iiwas lang ang mga ito kung saan ang may nanghuhuli hmmm puro pasaway. Magsasayang lang kayo ng pera at resources ng governo doon kayo manghuli sa LTO maraming pasaway doon na kalahi ninyo pagbinigyan ng pera kahit bulok na sasakyan naregister ka agad.

  • Anonymous

    My God! Lives have been literally lost due to pollution, aggravated by these smoke belchers. Start waking and do your job people! Before more lives are lost because whether you believe it or not, your failure to act intensively in this regard contributes to these deaths, therefore prepare to reap its consequence. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENU5YSHPT22O25CTQLNTF4LXYI PortiaA

    people are sick and tired of this program.NINGAS KUGON as usual.what needs to be done is a strong commitment to what you have started.this program has been heard of soooo many times in the past and apparently, no significant improvement has been noted. in fact, the pollution problem is worsening.stop publicizing this because this is no longer news worthy.JUST DO IT!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Trabaho ng LTO at LTFRB iyan. Bulag yata mga tao dun. Kitang kita na nga na itim ang mga usok na lumalabas sa tambutso pinapayagan pa rin mag rehistro. Mga inutil.

  • Anonymous

    This is the job of the police, MMDA, traffic enforcers, LTO, LTFRB,  NOT the DENR.
    Instead of catching vehicles for violating color coding, they really should go after smoke belchers (plus vehicles with non-working lights etc) and take them out of the streets to reduce traffic and pollution. 

    They should all be held liable for failing to enforce the CLEAN AIR ACT of 1999 (RA 8749).

  • Anonymous

    di dapat apprehension ang solusyon sa ating smoke belching problem…prevention at yan ay through the Vehicle Inspection or smoke emission testing natin..pag maayus ang testing walang tatakbong above the limit na sasakyan..so dapat lang na ang nagissue ng pass sa testing ang hulihin..so sino ang palpak dito? LTO…dapat sila ang pahigupin ng usok ng mga sasakyan na yan…wala kasi iniisip kungdi yang makakapagperahan malamang hanggang ngayon…dati ang bilihan ng pekeng license sa likud lang ng LTO…grabe..mga sugapa talaga ito sa kawalanghiyaaan..ipasara na lang ang LTO..walang silbi!!

  • Anonymous

    Nung umuwi ako dyan sa atin I had a chance to sleep in a hotel which is a high-rise structure..pag gising ko sa umaga ang sky has two layers of air..one black which is at lower level and other relatively white or clear asa itaas..kitang kita ang denser na smog na pumapatay sa tao…at yan ay dala lang ng mga sasakyan…dapat masawata na ito..sa ibang bansa meski na napakaraming sasakyan walang ganitong problem why?? maayos ang control..walang sasakyang ill maintained sa kalsada..the older your vehicle the more frequent you get inspected..LTO pls naman tigilan na ninyo ang kurupsyon…maawa na kayo sa taong bayan..kaya nabobobo mga bata dahil na tingga sa mga usok…at napakasama nyan sa ating mga baga…haayyyyyy

  • Anonymous

    Ay naku, DENR! Since 1999 (when I was here in Manila) ganito pa rin ang ginagawa nyo. You propose anything but kulang sa implementation. Magsaksakan na lang kaya tayo ng mga usok ng mga sasakyan sa baga natin. Matira ang matibay! Just this week, a heavy smog was observed at very low elevation, so ano pa ang hinihintay nyo? FYI, NITRIC OXIDE (NO) and NITROGEN DIOXIDE (NO2) are silent killers… killing us softly… 

  • The_Great_Barrier_Grief

    THE PROBLEM ARE THE EMISSION CHECK FACILITIES AND THOSE WHO OPERATE THEM.  THEY ARE BEING RUN BY CIVILIANS WHO TAKE THOUSANDS OF PESOS OF BRIBE MONEY EVERY DAY…AND THIS SPREADS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY…NOT ONLY IN MANILA.

    BEST TO SIMPLY TURN BY LAW, ALL EMISSIONS STATIONS INTO THE AUTHORITY OF THE LTO.  THERE, WHEN IT COMES TO CHECKING EMISSIONS, THE LTO OFFICIAL WILL SEE RIGHT THEN IF THE VEHICLE MEETS A REGISTRATION-ACCEPTABLE CRITERIA.

    AT THE SAME TIME, THE VEHICLE SHOULD BE CHECKED, IF PASSED THE EMISSIONS TEST THAT IS, FOR ANY DEFECTS LIKE NO LIGHTS, NO BRAKE OR TURN SIGNAL LIGHTS, BAD TIRE TREADS, NO HAND OR PARKING BRAKE, BROKEN GLASS, AND SUCH.  THEN THE DOCUMENTS ARE GIVEN TO THE REGISTRATION CLERK FOR PROCESSING.  ONLY VEHICLE OWNERS ARE TO REGISTER THEIR VEHICLES.

    All vehicles who cannot pass the emissions control test should be, under law, have their license plates confiscated until at a time not exceeding 90-days, the emissions can be re-checked for adequate and acceptable levels.  There cannot be any more “easy-does-it” laws in settling this very poor situation.

    My part-time home is near Tuguegarao City and it is virtually impossible to go into the city and breathe and keep clean due to the thousands of vehicles including tricycles who have polluted emissions so bad, you gag if you are inside or outside the vehicle.  Something has to give…and when payola is the cause of the initial registration process by civilian’s owning and operating emissions check stations, you should know where the problem exists.  Fix it!

  • Anonymous

    All this chest beatings and announcements of getting serious with smoke belching till now has been a joke. One drive down Edsa and there are, DOZENS UPON DOZENS of smoke belching buses trucks, and jeepneys, swerving about, blowing their horns, spewing black soot in to the air we all must breathe, and now this announcment ! What a load of hogwash! i have never heard anything so purposefully said in full knowing that the net result will be ‘bribery’ and pockets being filled, and the belching continuing unabated. a waste os newsprint if there ever was any!



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