Public urged to report smoke belchers via ‘texting’

26 May 2011

Public urged to report smoke belchers via ‘texting’
About 18 million Filipinos are exposed to air pollution, according to a World Bank report. The report also revealed that Metro Manila alone has air pollutants more than 40 percent higher than acceptable levels.

By Marjorie Gorospe

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA-The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urging the public to report smoke belching vehicles via short messaging system or SMS.

People can report smoke belchers by texting “USOK FEEDBACK” plus plate number/location to 700-DENR (700-3367). This also part of efforts to allow the public to participate in reducing air pollution in Metro Manila, the DENR said.

A World Bank report showed that about 18 million Filipinos are exposed to air pollution. The report said the National Capital Region has air pollutant levels that are 44 percent higher than acceptable levels.

An anti-smoke belching campaign was earlier launched in 2002, although more efforts are needed to implement the campaign.

DENR Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna said this is the reason the project was re-launched earlier this year.