More than 80% of PUV fails smoke emission testing in Quezon City

admin   •   May 5, 2017   •   5001

MANILA —  A big percentage of public utility vehicles in Quezon City apprehended by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are smoke belchers.

Of the 88 vehicles they stopped and inspected, 76% to 86% failed the emission standard.

This proves that smoke emitted by these vehicles contribute to the heavy air pollution in the environment.

Authorities are alarmed that such a significant percentage of smoke belchers clearly violate the provisions of the Philippine Clean Air Act.

“We are advising them to tell their operators to have their vehicles repaired,” NCR-LTO team leader Jessie Calacal said.

“This is more on advocacy campaign as much as possible we don’t want to apprehend. But if there really were violators, we don’t have any option but to implement the law,” NCR-LTO Regional Director Atty. Clarence Guinto said.

Some drivers agree with the inspection conducted by the LTO and the DENR.

“Para sa ganun magawa yung ibang sasakyan na mausok din,” one driver said. (So that smoke belching vehicles will be repaired.)

Passengers did not complain even though the procedure delayed them for some time.

“Ok lang po para naman po e sa kagandahan ng kapaligiran di ba,” one passenger said. (It’s okay. It’s for the good of the environment.)

“Pero actually ok ito, ma-aware tayo na, syempre pangit na yung hangin na lumalabas sa atin,” another passenger added. (This is actually good in raising awareness about the poor quality of our air.)

The authorities issued an initial warning to apprehended motorists.

But in the coming days, they will strictly implement the provisions of the Philippine Clean Air act, wherein first offense will incur a fine of up to 2,000 pesos; up to 4,000 pesos for the second offense; and one-year suspension of vehicle registration and a fine of up to 6,000 pesos for the third offense.  —  Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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LTO warns public against online fixers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has warned the public against paying online fixers for the application and/or renewal of driver’s licenses.

The LTO has received reports of unscrupulous individuals on social media who are offering to facilitate driver’s licenses application or renewal.

They agency has been conducting investigations to identify the said individuals as well as those who availed their services. The LTO is prepared to file appropriate criminal, civil, and administrative charges against them.

“The LTO strongly cautions our clients and the general public that the said services are not authorized, and patently illegal,” the LTO said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the LTO reiterates they temporarily suspended applications for and/or renewal of driver’s licenses, other permits, and registration of motor vehicles due to the enhanced community quarantine.

All expired license, permits, and registration of motor vehicles will remain valid. AAC

Driver’s licenses that expired during ECQ given 60-day grace period

Marje Pelayo   •   May 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended the validity of drivers license which expired in the duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

In an advisory, the LTO said drivers licenses that expired within the ECQ period will remain valid for 60 days or two months upon lifting of the lockdown. 

Also, the LTO has waived the penalties for late registration of vehicles and driver’s license that lapsed during the ECQ. 

Meanwhile, the LTO said all physical transactions related to the agency will be limited only to offices in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ). 

In an interview, LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said they will reduce the number of personnel at transaction counters.

Considering the bulk of transactions, the LTO is considering Saturday operations to accommodate more applicants.

Galvante said they will give priority to frontliners in the opening of the offices once the quarantine restrictions are lifted.

Metro Manila residents enjoy change in environment, lifestyle under ECQ

Maris Federez   •   March 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Residents in the National Capital Region (NCR) have noticed a significant improvement in the quality of the air in the metropolis.

The smoke being emitted by factories and transport vehicles and the traffic congestion that have become the norm in the lives of Metro Manila residents have lessened since the Luzon region was placed under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The said measure was instituted to address the threats of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that continues to spread in Metro Manila and several parts of Luzon.

The ECQ has also changed the lifestyle of Metro Manila residents, as some have learned the benefits of walking to their destinations and buying only the essential things for themselves and their families.

The suspension of all types of public transportation has paved the way for the air to clear and for the traffic to decongest.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the air quality or particulate matter 10 has significantly changed.

“Ngayon kung titingnan natin nag a-average tayo from good to fair so napakaganda, nakapakaganda nung air quality natin ngayon,” said DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.

PM10 or the “inhalable particles”, are particles equal to or smaller than 10 microns (PM10) that can reach the throat and the lungs.

A UNTV Drone shot presented a smog-free skyline of Manila and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig as compared to the previous pollution that was once visible in the said places.

The environment department believes that the suspension of public transportation and the reduced number of private vehicles traveling have done the environment a big favor.

“Visually kita natin talagang ang laki mula sa umaga wala yung smog na nakikita natin na akala mo pa ay ma-fog yung buong NCR pero yun pala ay polusyon yun,” Antiporda added.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has also observed that crime and accidents have considerably decreased in Metro Manila and in Region 3 after the enhanced community quarantine was implemented in the entire Luzon.

According to PNP spokesperson, PBGen. Bernard Banac, the crime rate in Luzon had gone down by 80 percent.

“In fact bumaba po ng almost eighty percent ang crime rate hindi lamang dito sa kalakhang Maynila maging sa region at iba pang dako ng Luzon,” Banac said.

Banac added that the latest PNP record shows that road accidents since the ECQ was put in place until March 24 totaled to only 81, a considerably low number compared to the average 50 per day on ordinary days. — (with details from Dante Amento) /mbmf

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