Smoke belching is growing to be a serious offense around the many cities found in the Philippines. Indeed, it is one of the vast problems that our world faces. Not only does it pose harm to the health of the very citizens of the country, it even destroys the natural resources that support Filipinos for their everyday livelihood. Furthermore, this problem highly contributes to the feared phenomenon which is Global Warming. Although the idea of the problem is very basic, its results and consequences are very mind-blowing and seriously irreversible. As one nation, every Filipino should participate in this Global outreach in order to save the planet. One way in doing so is to improve our self-system when it comes to protecting the environment; an aspect that the country must focus on is none other than the dangerous smoke emitted by vehicles around the metro.
As a team, we decided to focus on this particular advocacy due to the fact that it is a very evident problem in the country, particularly around Metro Manila. Realistically speaking, as a team of college freshmen, we cannot simply terminate and eliminate all smoke belchers present around the city. This would be a long term goal that we plan to attain by educating the public and molding them to exhibit proper decorum when it comes to taking good care of the environmental factors. We plan to achieve a community where the people are highly aware of the causes and the effects of smoke-belching. Hence, motivating them to be more knowledgable over the problem, as well as disciplined with their actions.
In order to address the stated matters, it is a requisite to gain knowledge and target the causes of this global predicament. There are various causes of smoke belching; the most common reason of such problem is the improper maintenance of the vehicles causing the mobile’s engine to emit unnecessary smoke in the air. Second, improper driving is also a factor which can contribute to smoke belching due to the fact that a person’s driving affects the vehicles functioning. Hence, a wrong manner of doing so may cause the emission of unwanted smoke. In addition, the motor oil and type of fuel used is also a major factor in contributing to smoke belching because these are the substances burned during combustion. As one may observe, all the main causes of vehicle’s smoke emission primarily depends on the responsibility of the owners (drivers). Clearly, it is a must for citizens to be equipped with the proper knowledge so that they may exhibit preventive ways of smoke belching; i.e. regular motor oil change, use of high quality diesel/gasoline, regular vehicle tune-ups, air-filter cleaning and the like.
In order to achieve our goals, we can take the opportunity of tying up with Clean Air Asia (NGO) as we suggest to the Land Transportation Office to include in one of their programs an orientation/seminar which will educate people (particularly drivers) on the causes of smoke-belching and its effects to the human race in the long run. Although a seminar may only include a number of people at a time, this doesn’t mean that the spread of knowledge takes a halt there. That way, they will also be able to share their new findings with fellow colleagues.
Furthermore, regarding the preventions or possible solutions to reduce smoke belching, although this may be addressed and taught to the people, there is usually an obstacle because most drivers cannot even afford to maintain their vehicles. Taking this for instance, tricycle or jeepney drivers (non-corporation) may not be able to support their own maintenance given the situation that they have families to support as well. This could be a great program suggestion for Clean Air Asia (NGO) so that they may conduct activities which could fund repairs/maintenance for these vehicles.
Given these causes, possible ways of educating the people, feasible solutions and potential non-governmental programs to aid the Anti-Smoke Belching campaign, it is no question at all that the chances of eliminating or reducing the problem truly exists. It is simply a matter of concern from the citizens which is why their awareness must be increased as they are equipped with the proper knowledge regarding this global dilemma. Until then, we are slowly losing our chances of saving the planet as time passes by.