Quantcast
Latest Stories

Docs to sue DoTC, owners of smoke-belching vehicles

By

MANILA, Philippines—Watch your car’s exhaust or you could end up facing a P1-billion class-action suit an organization of doctors is preparing against those who contribute to air pollution in Metro Manila.

The Philippine Medical Association announced Tuesday it was filing a multisectoral class suit against the Department of Transportation and Communications and all owners of vehicles that failed the smoke emission test for “directly and indirectly” contributing to the “life threatening” air quality in the metropolis.

The PMA said that Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas would be included in the lawsuit as the head of the sole government agency tasked under Republic Act No. 8749, or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, with regulating and enforcing the law on vehicles.

Owners and operators of vehicles apprehended for smoke belching and failing the smoke emission test would also be named respondents in the complaint.

The names will be culled from the records of various government agencies such as the Land Transportation Office, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and Department of Environment and Natural Resources as well as local government units, according to the PMA.

“The PMA is leading our partners in the fight to clean the air in Metro Manila,” said the group’s president, Dr. Oscar Tinio. “We would like to exhaust all possible solutions, including legal action against those who directly or indirectly contribute to the life-threatening state of the air in the metropolis.”

Tinio noted that the air quality in Metro Manila posed a “clear and present danger” to its 14 million residents, with 80 percent of pollutants coming from more than 3.2 million vehicles plying its streets daily.

Air pollution not only causes respiratory illnesses but also cardiovascular problems like heart attack, stroke or even sudden death, according to Tinio.

“The provisions of RA 8749 confirm our individual right to breathe clean air. They also provide the legal basis for the filing of a citizen’s suit against those who violate the clean air law,” said PMA Manila governor Dr. Leo Olarte.

Olarte noted that the law allows an individual to bring action in court or quasijudicial bodies to “enjoin all activities in violation of environmental laws and regulations, to compel the rehabilitation and cleanup of affected areas and to seek the imposition of penal sanctions against violators of environmental laws.”

He invited concerned citizens and those affected directly or indirectly by the air pollution to join the lawsuit.

“The class suit is being prepared by our legal team,” said Dr. Mike Aragon, PMA spokesperson. The civil complaint will be filed in the Quezon City regional trial court.

Last month, the PMA urged President Aquino to be Metro Manila’s anti-air pollution czar, noting that at least 40 percent of all medicines purchased in Metro Manila were indicated for cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.

The Department of Health has attributed the high incidence of noncommunicable diseases – allergies, acute respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, cancer and cardiovascular ailments – to air pollution.

The 2006 National Emission Inventory of the DENR said 65 percent of air pollution was caused by vehicles and 21 percent by stationary sources like factories and waste burning.

But in Metro Manila, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said, 80 percent of the emissions came from vehicles.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: car’s exhaust , Department of Transportation and Communications , Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 , Philippine Medical Association , smoke emission , smoke-belching vehicles , Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas


  • http://myplanetphilippines.com/ Philippines

    I absolutely support this move. Dapat hinuhuli ang mga smoke belchers ng DOTC, LTO, MMDA at DENR. 

  • panhase

    They can start with the buses.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mickeyhiss Mickey Lim

       Agree. Next they should target the vehicles owned by members of PMA!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVTA3E7HU7Z5R2OPAUMX5CHG6M Kiko

    good job! i support it….

  • tgtercero

    It is about time genuinely positive action is taken. I hope this is not “ningas colon.”. This is one example of an ecological and environmental initiative that will in fact create new business opportunities. Imagine the emission control shops that can thrive and the inspection fees with decals that will be generated. Good economics is good politics. Not the other way around!

    Katangahan na lang ng Office of the President and DOTC, if they do not support this.

    Congratulations to the Philippine Medical Association!!!

  • KapitanBagwis

    Must be sustained drive against smoke belchers…huwag ningas cogon !
    Baka maging source of corruption ng mga traffic enforcers,,,business ito para sa mga corrupt..ang mahuling nangingikil kailangan kulong agad

  • Pedro_Gil

    IT shows that these government agencies are inept and totally irresponsible. Its about time they all be investigated for corrupt practices. In short, mga inutil!

  • BacolodBoy

    when you have a DOTC secretary whose only concern is how to reach his ambition of becoming President, wala talagang batas na maipapatupad ng maayos.

  • http://twitter.com/toothpastesales be honest

    Way to go…  BRAVO.
    LET  US  BREATH  CLEAN  AIR  even in the city.

  • wanglee

    mga bobo! hindi nila obligasyon, obligasyon natin lahat yan hindi lang sa gobyerno at DOTC, Maraming bolok na organisasyon sa PILIPINAS kaya d tayo umaasenso, sisihin lahat govt. Kung tumulong kaya kayo mga taga PMA para may pakinabang din kayo, hindi lang kayo ang dumami ang pera isipin nyo ang mga mahihirapo.

    • http://myplanetphilippines.com/ Philippines

      Grabe ka naman, di naman kami bobo! parang sinasabi mo ikaw lang ang may karapatang magsalita ng tama. Wag ganun. Pag masyadong bilib din sa sarili, di din maganda. Pwede ka naman mag-comment ng walang ganun. 

  • Karabkatab

    What about hospitals na nagtatapon ng toxic garbage sa ilog? Some hospitals have incinerators and also emit thick smoke, only that their exhaust pipes are high enough for us to easily notice.

  • WeAry_Bat

    This is a good one by PMA.  I have noticed that smoke belching is coming back. 

    Probably the reason why?

    You can get a 3-month certificate to ‘repair’ your vehicle.  Then you can renew it some more.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  2. Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
  3. Santiago sees Palace hand in Gigi’s return
  4. Gigi Reyes’ only option: tell all
  5. Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
  6. ‘Malang’ next crocodile attraction after ‘Lolong’
  7. Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
  8. New plant to boost supply of clean energy
  9. Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s luxury flat—report
  10. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • PNP may use ‘reasonable force’ against of Etihad Airlines passengers refusing medical test
  • Intrigues mar signing of Bangsamoro draft law
  • Singson apologizes for delay in Edsa road repairs
  • Congressmen seek end to small-town lottery operations
  • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of US flight
  • Sports

  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Business

  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged not to panic amid MERS-CoV scare
  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement