DOTC leads joint monitoring of emission testing centers
by Lenard Flores
Cotabato City (30 October) -- Representatives from the Department of Transportation and Communications were joined by their counterparts from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the media during the week-long monitoring activities on the operations of all the emission testing centers in Region 12.
DOTC Undersecretary for Transportation Ricardo Alfonso said that the monitoring of the said testing centers were done in line with the objective of ensuring the integrity of the emission testing program of the government and in accordance with the pertinent sections of Joint Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2003 issued by the above-mentioned agencies.
Private emission testing centers (PETCs) in the areas of General Santos City; Alabel, Sarangani Province; South Cotabato; Sultan Kudarat; Kidapawan City; Cotabato City and Midsayap, North Cotabato were inspected and properly monitored.
"Some of the specifics of the monitoring were finding of violations on accreditation and authorization. On accreditation maintenance requirements, the team verified if the test equipments were properly calibrated, whether or not the equipment and software being used are achieving the required accuracy, whether the equipment was certified by the DENR, and as to the competence of the technicians, among others," said by Mary Ann Morales of DTI-Cotabato City Office said.
On the provisions of authorization issued by DOTC, the testing centers were monitored as to the possibility of issuing fake Certification of Emission Compliance (CEC) and even pre-signing the said certificate. The capability of the emission testing center in administering test for all types/classes of vehicles was also validated.
A motorist is required to get a CEC from these emission testing centers before their vehicles can be registered by the LTO.
Under the Clean Air Act, DTI is mandated to accredit these testing centers while DOTC should authorize them before they could operate. In case of violations, these agencies may after due process and hearing suspend or cancel the said accreditation or authorization as the case may be. (DTI 12/PIA 12) [top]