Pollution in Metro Manila may not yet be as worse as Beijing but as air quality on EDSA and Taft Avenue continue to deteriorate, Senator Loren Legarda wants the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to act now before it becomes too late.
Sen. Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance and co-author of the Clean Air Act (RA 8749), has asked the DOTr to boost efforts on monitoring tail-pipe emissions as smoke-belching vehicles continue to use roads in Metro Manila.
"I am very concerned about the state of air quality. Smoke-belching vehicles continue to ply our roads even if they should be penalized for polluting the air. Our people will greatly benefit if we are able to strictly implement the law to address smoke belching. We must have cleaner air so we prevent lung diseases and improve overall health,” Legarda said.
The DOTr recently revealed that none of their smoke emission testing machines are working but that they were in the process on procuring new ones using the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC) Fund.
In order to make it easier for citizens to reports incidents of smoke-belching, Senator Legarda has asked the DOTr and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to simplify the hotline and to also use social media to make the agencies more accessible.
Currently, the hotline that can be used to report smoke-belching vehicles is (02) 921-9073.