“Based on our air pollution detector, it is above ‘acceptable level’ of the World Health Organization. And about 80% of it reportedly came from the smoke emitted by these motorcycles,” Garcia told local newsmen here in a press briefing.
The conversion to 4-stroke engine or LPG-powered engine is now one of the basic requirements of the City Government for the renewal of tricycle franchise.
At present, Garcia added, there are about 3,000 tricycles plying the streets of Balanga City and 50% of it or 1,500 units are still using 2-stroke engines.
“The City Government will give a P5,000 financial assistance for each tricycle operator who will avail our offer of conversion or if they want to buy new units,” Garcia assured.
He also announced that they are in negotiations with the Development Bank of the Philippines to avail a loan to help the public transport sector in serious effort to follow what the Republic Act 8749 or the Clean Air Act of 1999 suggests.
Garcia further added that they are also negotiating with motorcycle suppliers, like K-Servico, to help tricycle operators to avail of motorcycle units via installment basis especially those who cannot afford to buy a new one.