National Capital Region, Anti – Smoke Belching Operation

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau’s (DENR-EMB) partner agencies and other Local Government Units of the Bantay Tambutso Project also known as the Anti-Smoke Belching Operation has conducted roadside apprehension of smoke belching vehicles in strategic areas in Metro Manila. The following local government units participated in this project: Makati City, Mandaluyong City, San Juan City, Muntinlupa City, Pasig City, Pasay City and Quezon City; as well as the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). With the help of at least one apprehension team stationed per office, they were able to check 60,915 vehicles in 2019. The Pasay City ASBU was able to garner the greatest number of vehicles checked with over 12,610 vehicles.
40,392 vehicles or about 66% of the total vehicles tested did not meet the opacity standard of the smoke emitted. On a smaller scale, Quezon City had an 96% fail rate of apprehended vehicles, the highest ratio amongst the LGUs. Consequently, all vehicles which did not meet the standard will have their owners served with citation tickets and/or license confiscated. For the said document/s to be returned to the owners, they must pay the penalty and their vehicles must first meet the prescribed standard opacity.

2019 Summary of Apprehension Results
LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT (LGU) / GOVERNMENT AGENCY PASSED FAILED TOTAL VEHICLES
LGU – MAKATI 3,186 5,709 8,895
LGU – MANDALUYONG 475 3,276 3,751
LGU – MUNTINLUPA 6,356 1,696 8,052
LGU – QUEZON CITY 201 4,828 5,029
LGU – PASIG 2,897 7,737 10,634
LGU – PASAY 2,167 10,443 12,610
MMDA 2,959 4,389 7,348
LGU – SAN JUAN 2,282 2,314 4,596
TOTAL 20,523 40,392 60,915
PERCENTAGE 34% 66% 100%

In terms of number of failed vehicles per identified vehicle type, a total of 42,861 vehicles were checked in 2019. The month of January 2019 garnered the highest number of vehicles that did not pass the opacity standard, which totaled to 5,377 vehicles or 13% of the year. On the other hand, Private Van had the highest number of vehicles that exceeded the standard opacity with 18,184 vehicles or 42% of the total number of vehicles that exceeded the standard opacity.

2019 Total Number of Vehicles “Passed” or “Failed” per identified Vehicle Type
UNIT MONTH TOTAL TESTED RESULT VEHICLE TYPE
VANS SEDAN PUB PUJ SUV TRK TOW TRK
PASSED FAILED PUV PVT VAN TAXI PVT CAR
PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED PASSED FAILED
NCR
ROADSIDE APPREHENSION
JAN 7424 2047 5377 215 706 415 2694 13 41 59 91 488 485 584 825 17 59 256 476 0 0
FEB 6496 1770 4726 174 680 501 2148 21 72 38 76 269 393 287 745 20 61 334 548 126 3
MAR 7472 2170 5302 215 571 516 2716 25 61 55 78 261 430 753 830 25 64 308 551 12 1
APR 5461 1276 4185 206 562 357 2114 23 48 45 81 235 352 164 603 31 76 209 346 6 3
MAY 5174 1330 3844 202 656 260 1584 48 4 64 37 232 408 284 708 27 77 204 366 9 4
JUN 5597 1588 4009 166 560 403 1895 28 1 81 42 199 256 440 747 26 76 240 430 5 2
JUL 4968 1336 3632 229 780 153 1351 4 6 17 46 278 307 304 684 19 84 192 365 140 9
AUG 4174 1347 2827 289 705 95 997 2 2 14 53 147 202 569 529 11 73 209 266 11 0
SEP 3719 1414 2305 277 640 237 601 1 2 70 49 230 211 330 617 24 73 232 110 13 2
OCT 4250 1438 2812 272 478 410 934 4 6 22 49 214 306 191 564 59 128 266 343 0 4
NOV 4170 1442 2728 168 530 365 909 3 10 29 37 174 228 386 662 43 78 274 270 0 4
DEC 1535 466 1069 31 171 87 241 1 1 15 29 168 165 117 388 14 26 23 46 10 2
TOTAL 60440 17624 42816 2444 7039 3799 18184 173 254 509 668 2895 3743 4409 7902 316 875 2747 4117 332 34
Note:
1. PUV – Public Utility Vehicles (UV Express, FX, any publicly-used vehicle)
2. SUV – Sports Utility Vehicles (Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Land Cruiser, Pick-ups, Large-sized vehicles)
3. PUB – Public Utility Bus
4. TAXI – Diesel-fed Taxi
5. PUJ – Public Utility Jeepney
6. TOWTRCK – Tow Truck
7. PVT – Private

The Environmental Management Bureau – Central Office Air Quality Management Section (EMB-CO AQMS) conducts FREE GARAGE EMISSION TESTING for Public Utility Vehicles (PUV), Utility Vehicles (UV), Private Utility Vehicles (PUV) / ASIAN Utility Vehicles (AUV), Trucks, Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJ) and Public Utility Buses (PUB). For more information feel free to reach us with the contact information provided below.