Smoke belchers warned

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


ANYTIME soon, Cagayan de Oro’s anti-smoke belching ordinance will be implemented to curb pollution emitted by privately owned and public utility vehicles and those found with excessive emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be penalized, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) announced recently.

“We are currently at the bidding stage of the smoke-belching meter requested from the Environmental Management Bureau that will help us test vehicles that have high emissions of CO2 in the air,” Clenro chief Edwin Dael said.

Previously, an anti-smoke belching unit of the city was discontinued because it was in collaboration with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) which allow the testing.

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However, Dael said the local government unit (LGU) is now permitted to do it.

“LGUs now are permitted to do the emission testing. The work will be multi-sectoral. It can either be Clenro and/or the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA),” he said.

He advised drivers to have their “change oil” and vehicle calibration as early as now for them to be safe from the ordinance once it will be implemented.

“It will be anytime soon. Maybe it will be in October, I do not know. But we are definitely pushing it to be early because the city is really polluted, as I have observed,” he added.

Environmental advocate group Sulog has agreed the city needs an “environment overhauling.”

“Apparently, you can see a lot of cars here and there that need cleaning. Cagayan de Oro needs an environment overhauling. The air is just too dark sometimes. Are we going to wait that we become like Metro Manila?” Sulog chairperson Orlando Ravanera said.

Ravanera, who is also the regional director of the Cooperative Development Authority in Northern Mindanao, said the cooperatives will also contribute in the anti-smoke belching campaign.

“We have also tackled this one in one of our meetings. The cooperatives are happy to share enough amount of money for the emission testing unit or an additional unit to make the testing of the vehicles in the city swifter. I guess it would not be that costly man sad,” Ravanera said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 28, 2014.

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