The Anti-Smoke Belching Task Force of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Airshed conducted the third quarter Roadside Emission Testing of vehicles plying Marcos Highway, Tuba, Benguet on September 8, 2022. This is also in celebration of the third International Day of Clean Air for blue skies with the theme #TheAirWeShare. Indeed, mobile sources are noted to be the highest contributors to air pollution in the Cordillera especially when it gradually opens its doors to tourism and related activities.
Prior to the activity, the team was welcomed by Tuba Municipal Mayor, Honorable Clarita P. Sal-ongan who spearheads the regular activity for this quarter. Ms. Wilhelmina O. Lagunilla, Ambient Monitoring Section Chief encouraged the participating LGUs to pass their Clean Air Ordinance. She also mentioned that part of the activities of the Airshed will be the Training on Calibration of the Smoke Test Machine, and refresher course on the new policies in relation to Clean Air Act and the Revised Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles Equipped with Compressed Ignition and Spark-Ignition Engines or Department Administrative Order 27 s. 2007.
Forty-three (43) motor vehicles were flagged down for roadside emission testing in two different sites in Marcos Highway. Thirty-nine (39) vehicles were tested; twenty-three (23) of which passed while sixteen (16) failed the emission standards. As reported, three (3) was not tested and not finished due to busted exhaust pipe while one (1) vehicle is newly-registered. Those who failed the emission standards are advised to conduct regular maintenance of vehicles for road safety and compliance to existing emission standards set forth by law. A regular activity of the BLISTT Airshed which aims to apprehend violators in relation to the provision of the Clean Air Act and the Revised Emission Standards for Motor Vehicles Equipped with Compressed Ignition and Spark-Ignition Engines or Department Administrative Order 27 s. 2007. Said activity is a joint undertaking of the BLISTT LGUs, EMB – CAR, Land Transportation Office, Department of Transportation and Philippine National Police.