Quantcast
Article Index |Advertise | Mobile | RSS | Wireless | Newsletter | Archive | Corrections | Syndication | Contact us | About Us| Services
 
  Breaking News :    
Advertisement
Inquirer VDO
Inquirer Mobile

INQUIRER ALERT
Get the free INQUIRER newsletter
Enter your email address:

 
Breaking News / Metro Type Size: (+) (-)
You are here: Home > News > Breaking News > Metro

  ARTICLE SERVICES      
     Reprint this article     Print this article  
    Send Feedback  
    Post a comment   Share  





imns



DENR issues new limits on vehicular emissions to cut air pollution

By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:26:00 09/16/2010

Filed Under: Environmental Issues, Pollution, Laws

MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued stricter guidelines for vehicular emissions to reduce air pollution in Metro Manila.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said he issued the order in reaction to a study showing that air quality in Metro Manila has become a health hazard.

Citing a 2007 World Bank report, the DENR says that 18 million Filipinos are exposed to air pollution, with corresponding health expenditures and lost income amounting to P7.6 billion a year.

Motor vehicles, according to Paje said, are the main polluters in the city.

?The quality of air in Metro Manila remains not within the standard set by the government,? Paje said.

?We need to bring down to a healthier level the amount of smoke and dust particles suspended in the air, and we believe that the best way to do this is to improve the emissions of motor vehicles because they contribute at least 80 percent to the pollution load,? he added.

To curb air pollution, the DENR has issued Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2010-23, clarifying the numerical emission limits for passenger vehicles and light duty vehicles. It also includes limit values for vehicles fitted with diesel engines of the direct injection type until January 1, 2011.

The new rules also require passenger and light vehicles (less than 3,500 kilograms of gross vehicular weight) that will be introduced in the market by January 1, 2016 to comply with Euro 4 emission limits subject to Euro IV fuel availability.

Limit values consider amounts of carbon monoxide, particulates, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen in exhaust emissions of vehicles in relation to vehicle mass and category, the DENR said.

Paje has announced that the DENR would lessen air pollution in the metropolis by 2011 to raise the quality of life in the city.

According to the DENR, the total suspended particles (TSPs) in the city averaged at 130 micrograms per normal cubic meter (ug/Ncm). The acceptable TSP is 90 ug/Ncm.

?The DENR is bent on reducing by 30 percent the air pollution in Metro Manila in 2011. We want to achieve a substantial improvement on air quality for the health, safety and welfare of the general public,? he said.



Copyright 2014 Philippine Daily Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



Share


OTHER STORIES:



  ^ Back to top

© Copyright 2001-2014 INQUIRER.net, An INQUIRER Company

The INQUIRER Network: HOME | NEWS | SPORTS | SHOWBIZ & STYLE | TECHNOLOGY | BUSINESS | OPINION | GLOBAL NATION | Site Map
Services: Advertise | Buy Content | Wireless | Newsletter | Low Graphics | Search / Archive | Article Index | Contact us
The INQUIRER Company: About the Inquirer | User Agreement | Link Policy | Privacy Policy

Advertisement
Megaworld
TAGAYTAY FONTAINE VILLAS
Property Guide
Pacquiao