To improve air quality, the City Government of San Fernando through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office, conducted a random vehicle testing or “Bantay Tambutso” on June 22 along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue road.
CENRO Public Services Officer Elisabeth Bungag said this program will be conducted every two weeks to decrease the level of air pollution and reduce carbon footprints. This is in line with the programs that the CENRO is pursuing to ensure a progressive air quality management in the city, thus keep the air healthy.
Public utility jeepneys and trucks using an opacimeter device. Those who will fail the test will be issued with Temporary Operator’s Permit by the CENRO.
“The fine is amounting to P2,000 and it has to be paid at the Land Transportation Office within 72 hours to get their licenses back,” Bungag added.
In an interview, Mayor Edwin “Edsa” Santiago said the local government ensures to manage urbanization and industrialization in the city without compromising the natural resources.
“We will continue to promote programs that protects and conserves the environment bacause we want the next generation to have a clean and fresh air to breathe,” Santiago said.
The activity is still in line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month.