BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The city government of this fast rising component city is scheduled to have a public dialogue on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9 a.m. about City Ordinance No. 14 series of 2014 or “The Land Transportation and Traffic Code” and the banning of modified mufflers that cause loud and excessive noise. The dialogue will be held at the Friendship Hall of the Balanga Elementary School in Barangay Talisay here.
City Mayor Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III on his Facebook post said the dialogue will focus on the conversion of motor tricycles from 2-stroke to 4-stroke engines plying the city roads to help them solve the reported rising level of air pollution in this component city.
“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 recent 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 every three years.
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.