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Atienza orders reactivation of DENR anti-smoke belching units | July 14, 2009

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Lito Atienza (right) looks at the engine of the liquefied petroleum gas-fueled jeepney at the DENR compound in Quezon City. Three motor vehicles, one turbo-jet type air-conditioned jeepney (Isuzu 4HFI) and two LPG-fueled jeepneys (models 4Y2.4 and 3RZ2.7), were presented by past Filipino Inventors Society (FIS) president Orlando Marquez (left) to Atienza to promote his (Marquez’s) inventions to help the government in its program to improve the air quality in Metro Manila and other urban centers nationwide. The three vehicles were said to be compliant with the DENR emission standards under the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Lito Atienza (right) looks at the engine of the liquefied petroleum gas-fueled jeepney at the DENR compound in Quezon City. Three motor vehicles, one turbo-jet type air-conditioned jeepney (Isuzu 4HFI) and two LPG-fueled jeepneys (models 4Y2.4 and 3RZ2.7), were presented by past Filipino Inventors Society (FIS) president Orlando Marquez (left) to Atienza to promote his (Marquez’s) inventions to help the government in its program to improve the air quality in Metro Manila and other urban centers nationwide. The three vehicles were said to be compliant with the DENR emission standards under the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

I have directed the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) to reactivate its anti-smoke belching units in an effort to lower the air pollution level in Metro Manila within the healthful standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).

I likewise urge the Land Transportation Office and the Department of Trade and Industry to tighten their control on private emission testing centers to put a stop to what is called a ‘no show certification’ in order to minimize the volume of smoke belching vehicles being registered.

Let’s put a stop to the nefarious activity of issuing certificates of emission compliance without actual testing of vehicles. This is where corruption starts because vehicles that have not met the emission standards are eventually registered using the emission certificate as basis. It makes no sense at all how a lot of public utility vehicles (trucks, buses, tricycles) and trucks are able to secure certificates of emission compliance when it is common knowledge that most of these vehicles are the main source of toxic emissions while plying Metro Manila’s roads.

Private testing centers should comply with regulations, or they will be made accountable under the Philippine Clean Air Act (Republic Act No. 8749).

I also ordered the heightened coordination among the LTO, Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and local government units in Metro Manila to get involved in the anti-smoke belching campaign.

The DENR-ASBU’s reactivation will see action starting on August 1 along the stretch of the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) with four apprehending teams and along the 12.4 kilometer Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

I am also calling on local government officials in Metro Manila’s 17 cities to intensify their offensive against smoke-belching vehicles in an effort to bring air pollution levels in Metro Manila within the WHO standard by 2010.

2008 records from the Environmental Management Bureau’s ambient air monitoring stations are as follows:

MRT Pasay- Total Suspended Particles: 272 micrograms per normal cubic meter
Makati- Total Suspended Particles: 310 micrograms per normal cubic meter
East Avenue- Total Suspended Particles: 370 micrograms per normal cubic meter
Valenzuela- Total Suspended Particles: 418 micrograms per normal cubic meter
Marikina- Total Suspended Particles: 240 micrograms per normal cubic meter

WHO set the ambient air quality guideline value for Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) at 90 micrograms per normal cubic meter (ug/Ncm ).

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The fight against smoke belching vehicles in Metro Manila will set the tone of the overall campaign of the effort stressing that winning the air battle in Metro Manila means that we can win it anywhere else.

The renewed campaign by the DENR will run parallel to anti-smoke belching campaigns being embarked by local government units especially those actively running after smoke-belching vehicles passing through their jurisdictions like Makati City which maintains five ASBUs, Pasig City (4), Quezon City (2), Muntilupa (2), and Manila (1).


2 Comments »

  1. To our former mayor and now the DENR Secretary, Lito Atienza. Im engineering student from TUP-manila, asking for sponsorship of the university screening of the film, ” an inconvenient truth” by Al Gore. This is the best opportunity to capture the immediate attention of all the students, faculty and staff in our university to stop global warming and hopefully all Filipinos will be able to watch this film and move our country forward to preserve the earth’s environment.

    Thank you so much and more power

    Sincerely,

    Reinne

    Comment by Reinne — July 18, 2009 @ 3:59 am

  2. My deepest thanks to our DENR secretary for the response re An inconvenient truth screening in our university, i will just complete the details of the event and i’ll send it to you. You are truly a blessing to us and to the environment as well. More power and God bless!

    Reinne

    Comment by Reinne — July 24, 2009 @ 2:54 am


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