MAJOR members of Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs) yesterday hit the planned full implementation of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS).
In ta press conference yesterday in Quezon City, Dr. Hilario Pitpit, president of the Clean Air Movement of the Philippines (CAMPI) ,said that since the PETCs have been helping the government ensure a healthier environment ever since the Clean Air Act 1999 was launched.
Pitpit, PETCs officials and members, however, opposed the MVIS program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO), claiming its implementation would make thousands of employees and small scale enterprenuers lose their means of livelihood.
Pitpit alleged that the DOTr has cancelled or revoked 750 PETCs nationwide.
“Hindi namin maintindihan, ngayon lang nagyari eto. For 17-years in the service hindi namin inaasahan itong mga queationalbe na nagyayari sa kabila ng aming pakikipagtulungan sa gobyerno (DOTr-LTO),” said Pitpit.
Pitpit claimed that due to the cancellations of PETCs accreditation, 750 PETCs nationwide have shut down and some 10,000 employses have lost their jobs.
“Hindi pa kasama mga pamilya dyan. Very clear po sa amin na kaya ganito ang pag-revoke at pag cancel sa mga PETCs is to give way sa implementation ng MVIS,” said Pitpit.
In a separate statement, lawyer Ariel Inton, founder of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP) and legal counsel of the group, stressed that CAMPI is not the enemy of the government especially the DOTr and LTO.
“CAMPI is just expressing it’s concerned regarding the proposed MVIS program of DOTr-LTO. We observed the implementation of MVIS is anti-enteprwnuers, anti-employee and anti-poor. Sana po pakinggan ng DOTr at LTO ang ating mga small enterprenuers,” said Inton.
Earlier, transport groups under the umbrella organization National Public Transport Coalition (PNTC) launched a campaign against the MVIS implementation.