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Naga City deploys team to apprehend smoke-belchers

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The Naga City government has deployed a team to apprehend smoke belching automobiles last August 2.

The team from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office’s (ENRO) anti-smoke belching unit patrolled the streets to catch those who violated the emission standards set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The said team was deputized by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the members manned a roadside monitoring and apprehension checkpoint along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Concepcion Grande and Bagumbayan Norte “to conduct emission tests on vehicles through the team’s opacimeter machines for diesel and gasoline-fed engines.”

“The machines, which meet the requirements of the national standard (limits and measurement methods for exhaust smoke from compression ignition engine), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), have the capability to continuously appraise the visible pollutants from the exhaust smoke with measured results directly achieved,” said the city government.

Jayson T. Vargas, City ENRO’s pollution control officer and officer in charge of pollution control and management division, said his group was able to flag down and check 33 vehicles and made to fine 12 units for not passing the test during the operation.

The Naga City Police Office and the Land Transportation Office assisted the team during the operation.

Alexander Caning, ENRO chief, however, said that the “primordial concern of the campaign is not to generate income but to compel the motorists to comply with the Clean Air Act.”

“We should be happier if we got a lower number of violators as this would mean we have a lesser number of contributors to air pollution,” he was quoted as saying.