The Anti-Smoke Belching Unit (ASBU) of the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau – Region I (EMB-I) in partnership with the Land Transportation Office – Region 1 (LTO–I) continues to intensify its anti-smoke belching campaign by conducting roadside anti-smoke belching operation and apprehension and garage vehicle emission testing on May 20–21, 2021 in Dagupan City.
EMB-I Anti-smoke Belching Team with the assistance of the LTO Region 1 Enforcers and Anti-Smoke Belcher Enforcers from LGU Dagupan City, LGU Mangaldan, LGU Calasiao, and LGU Binmaley, Pangasinan randomly inspected vehicles along Tapuac District, Dagupan City. They also conducted a garage vehicle testing of all available government vehicles in the inventory of the City Government of Dagupan.
A total of 54 vehicles (27 diesel-powered and 27 gasoline-powered) were apprehended, inspected and tested during the roadside inspection and only two diesel-powered vehicles failed the emission standards. 20 government vehicles of LGU Dagupan City were inspected and out of these vehicles, only one failed the emission standards. The vehicles which failed the emission standards were recommended for check-up and maintenance.
After the conduct of the roadside anti-smoke belching operation and garage emission testing, Engr. Rogelio Gabuyo Jr. and Mr. Joseph Cajote of the EMB-I Ambient Monitoring and Technical Services Section paid a courtesy visit to Dagupan City Mayor Marc Brian C. Lim. They discussed with Mayor Lim and Arch. Emmanuel Palaganas the possible interventions to address the mobile source emissions in the City.
The DENR-EMB-I ASBU uses its own gas analyzer for gasoline-fueled vehicles and opacimeter for diesel-fueled vehicles during their regular anti-smoke belching drive. Both equipment measure the level of Carbon Monoxide and Hydrocarbons for spark ignition vehicles and smoke opacity for compression ignition engine vehicles.
EMB-I’s anti-smoke belching campaign aims to reduce the Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) concentration along the Northeastern Pangasinan (NEPA) Airshed, promote public awareness about air pollution, inculcate environmental awareness and culture of voluntary compliance with environmental regulations among motorists, and reduce pollution from mobile sources by up to 20%.