DENR joins I-ACT in crackdown vs smoke belchers

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the newest member to join the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), which was created to address traffic congestion and go after dilapidated and smoke belching vehicles in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

In particular, the DENR is taking part in the council’s “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign through its own anti-smoke belching program.

Undersecretary for Field Operations-Luzon and DENR Task Force Metro Manila head Juan Miguel Cuna leads the DENR contingent to the I-ACT. With him are members of the Anti-Smoke Belching Unit of the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the environment department is more than willing to lend to the council its expertise and experience in the crackdown against smoke belchers.

“The DENR joins other government agencies in the effort to not only rid our already clogged streets with vehicles that are not road worthy, but are also persistent air pollutants,” Cimatu said.

Cimatu noted that the DENR Task Force Metro Manila has the equipment and manpower to conduct smoke emission tests.

“This capability improves the standard I-ACT practice of issuing subpoenas to substantard vehicles prior to testing,” Cimatu said.

The task force has been conducting roadside smoke emission tests on old and poorly maintained vehicles. 

The test makes use of an opacimeter or opacity meter to measure the thickness of smoke emission. Vehicles that fail to meet the emission standards are issued traffic violation receipts outright.

A recent EMB study showed that around 80 percent of air pollution comes from motor vehicles, while 20 percent comes from stationary sources, including factory smoke stacks and open burning.

According to Cuna, air pollution is the cause of one out of four deaths in the country. “This highlights the health risks brought about by smoke belching and the importance of aiming for clean air,” he said.

The DENR task force joins I-ACT operations in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna.

I-ACT is also composed of the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and concerned local government units. ###

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