Groups oppose closure of emission testing centers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 04 2020 03:50 PM

MANILA - Various concerned groups on Tuesday expressed their opposition to the revocation of the accreditation of private emission testing centers (PETCs) and the eventual halt of their operations. 

Clean Air Movement of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) president Hilario Pitpo said some 70 percent of their sector have been shut down by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) because of allegations of various violations.

Pitpo cited DOTr’s plan to have 138 private vehicle inspection centers replace PETCs across the country in line with the government’s transport modernization program. 

According to the groups, shutting down PETCs would affect 10,000 workers and 1,500 small-scale entrepreneurs.

The groups also warned that the cost of emission tests for vehicle owners would likely jump to P1,800 from the current P300 to P400. 

CAMPI legal counsel Ariel Inton said they plan to take legal action against the shutdown move. - Report from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News