Benguet smoke belch­ing law eyed

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

BENGUET law mak­ers are be­ing urged to craft a law pro­hibit­ing smoke belch­ing ve­hi­cles in the prov­ince.

This af­ter Gov-

er­nor Cres­cen­cio Pa­calso have sought the de­ci­sion help of the pro­vin­cial board in the hopes of im­prov­ing the air qual­ity in the prov­ince.

“There is still no or­di­nance to im­ple­ment the pol­lu­tion caused by smoke belch­ers. We will leave this to the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan if they want to. Although there is a na­tional law al­ready for this but like in the City of Baguio, there is an in­spec­tion team to flag down the smoke belch­ers,” ex­pressed the gov­er­nor.

Pa­calso dis­closed at the foot of the capi­tol and in front of the La Trinidad mu­nic­i­pal hall, although the air qual­ity is fair, he sees the need to im­ple­ment anti smoke belch­ing mea­sures.

The Benguet top of­fi­cial also men­tioned the in­crease of ve­hi­cles which causes traf­fic af­fect the qual­ity of air.

The En­vi­ron­ment and Man­age­ment Bureau of the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources in the Cordillera ear­lier in­formed the prov­ince the re­sults of its 3rd Quar­ter Am­bi­ent Air Qual­ity Sam­pling and Mon­i­tor­ing con­ducted within Baguio-La Trinidad-Ito­gonSablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISST) area.

Based on the two mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions at the La Trinidad Mu­nic­i­pal Hall Park and the Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol, re­sults show fair and good air qual­ity in­dex.

Both sta­tions recorded a de­crease com­pared to the re­sults ob­tained dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter mon­i­tor­ing.

La Trinidad Coun­cilor Nestor Fong­wan Jr. mean­while said the Clean Air Act al­ready em­pow­ers lo­cal gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment sim­i­lar pro­grams and en­cour­aged lo­cal coun­cils all over Benguet for them to lo­cal­ize the or­di­nance on Clean Air Act.

Fong­wan how­ever said as much as pos­si­ble, ve­hi­cle own­ers should con­duct vol­un­tary check to be aware of their ve­hi­cle con­di­tion.

“They should vol­un­tar­ily check their ve­hi­cles be­cause we have abun­dant re­pair shops that can min­i­mize the emis­sion of smoke,” he added.

Arthur Pe­dro, La Trinidad Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fi­cer added in ad­dress­ing the in­crease of ve­hi­cles, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is con­tin­u­ing to im­ple­ment the car­less day in or­der to lessen the num­ber of ve­hi­cles travers­ing in the Benguet cap­i­tal town.

He also urged fel­low agen­cies and other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to adopt their own car­less day.

An or­di­nance pre­scrib­ing emis­sion stan­dards for mo­tor ve­hi­cles in La Trinidad was ap­proved by the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil but was not given favourable re­view dur­ing the reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Benguet Pro­vin­cial Board on May 2017.

The mem­bers of the La Trinidad coun­cil in­stead is propos­ing an or­di­nance adopt­ing the Clean Air Act which was ap­proved on first read­ing.

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