City Environment and Parks Management Office - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQ: 

What are the requirements for issuance of Tree Cutting Permit?

The following are the requirements for the issuance of Tree Cutting Permit
1. Letter Request
2. Evidence of Ownership of the lot where the tree stands/located
3. Barangay Certificate (tree is posing danger to life and properties or obstruction to proposed construction)
4. Picture/s of Trees
5. Lot Plan
6. If reason of cutting is obstruction, a. Building Permit b. Site Development Plan

What are the fees to be paid for issuance of Tree Cutting Permit?

Tree Cutting Permit Fee - PhP300/cu.m
Performance Bond - PhP250/tree

What are the requirements for issuance of Tree Planting Certificate for Occupancy Permit?

1. Building Permit
2. Photocpy of Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT)
3. Approved Site Development Plan
4. Photographs of Planted Tree Saplings

What is the Environment Code of Baguio City (Ordinance No. 18 s. 2016)?

Ordinance Number 61 s. 2008
This ordinance provides that all vehicles, whether public, private, or government-owned, found to be violating the emission standards, shall not be allowed to ply the streets within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Baguio at all times.

WHAT EMISSION STANDARDS FOR IN-USE VEHICLES ARE USED?
a. In-use Vehicles with Spark-ignition Engines (Gasoline) Except Motorcycles (per DAO 51 series of 2003 and DAO 2007-27):
Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : January 1, 2008 and onwards
Carbon Monoxide [CO] (% by volume) at idle : 0.5
Hydrocarbon [HC] (ppm as hexane) at idle : 250

Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2007
Carbon Monoxide [CO] (% by volume) at idle : 3.5
Hydrocarbon [HC] (ppm as hexane) at idle : 600

Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : December 31, 2002 and earlier
Carbon Monoxide [CO] (% by volume) at idle : 4.5
Hydrocarbon [HC] (ppm as hexane) at idle : 800

b. In-use Vehicles with Compression-Ignition (Diesel) Engines (per DAO 51 series of 2003 and DAO 2007-27):
Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : January 1, 2008 and onwards
Light Absorption Coefficient m⁻¹, k Using Free Acceleration Test : 2.0

Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2007
Light Absorption Coefficient m⁻¹, k Using Free Acceleration Test : 2.5

Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : December 31, 2002 and earlier
Light Absorption Coefficient m⁻¹, k Using Free Acceleration Test : 2.5; 3.5 (turbocharged); 4.5 (1,000m increase in elevation)

c. In-use 2-stroke and 4-stroke motorcycle engines (per DAO 2000-81 and DAO 25 series of 2003):
Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : January 1, 2003 onwards
Carbon Monoxide [CO] at idle (% by volume) : 4.5
Hydrocarbon [HC] at idle (ppm as hexane) : 7,800

Date of Vehicle’s First Registration : December 31, 2002 and earlier
Carbon Monoxide [CO] at idle (% by volume) : 6.0
Hydrocarbon [HC] at idle (ppm as hexane) : 7,800

Why was the Environment Code Enacted?

It is a fact that emission from motor vehicles is a major cause of air pollution and the consequent deteriorating ambient air quality in the City of Baguio is posing serious health risks to the populace, especially the vulnerable sector that includes children and elderly.

The City upholds the principle that "polluters must pay" and that a clean and healthy environment must be the concern of all its constituents.
As part of the thrust of the City of Baguio to mitigate air pollution, it shall conduct roadside vehicle inspection, testing and monitoring within its territorial jurisdiction.

What are the bases of Baguio's Environment Code?

Article II of the Philippine Constitution
Section 15. "The state shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them."
Section 16. "State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with rhythm and harmony of nature."

RA 7160 Local Government Code
Section 16 specifically grants the local government units the power to promote the general welfare by ensuring and supporting, among other things, promotion and safety and
enhancement of the right of the people to a balanced ecology.
The general welfare provision shall be liberally interpreted to give more powers to local government units in accelerating economic development and upgrading the quality of life
for the people in the community by strengthening mechanisms for self-defense and self-preservation, particularly against air pollution.

RA 8749 The Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999
Section 36 mandates that "Local government units (LGUs) shall share the responsibility in the management and maintenance of ambient air quality within their territorial
jurisdiction."

Who shall implement the Environment Code?

The Clean Air Monitoring Committee (CAMC), under the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), in coordination with LTO-DOTC, TESDA, DTI, EMB-DENR, City Engineer's Office, CPDO, CBAO, HSO, PNP, PETC, Academe, accredited environmental non-governmental organization and from the transport sector.

What are the polluters' fees?

All motor vehicle owners, operators and/or drivers found to be violating the Ordinance shall be subject to the following polluters' fees, to be paid at the City Treasury Office (CTO):
Polluters' Fees
First Offense
For Motor Vehicle Owner/Operator : P1,000.00
For Driver: P100.00

Second Offense
For Motor Vehicle Owner/Operator : P3,000.00
For Driver: P300.00

Third Offense and Subsequent Offenses
For Motor Vehicle Owner/Operator : P5,000.00
For Driver: P500.00

Section 78. Testing Fees
A. Validation emission testing fee of P100.00 shall be paid by the offender at the City Treasurer Office prior to every validation testing. The results from tests done under voluntary basis shall have no validity period. A P50.00 Voluntary Testing Fee for self-monitoring purposes.

Section 79.
B. Additional consequence
On the third and subsequent offenses, the motor vehicle owners/operators and/or hired drivers must undergo a seminar on pollution control and management administered by
the Clean Air Monitoring Committee (CAMC) of the City Government prior to the release of their vehicle plates after payment of polluter's fee. A Seminar Fee of Php500.00
must first be paid at the City Treasury Office before being given a seminar schedule.

C. Penalties for items not claimed
Confiscated items, in relation to RITMT operations that are not retrieved within ten (10) days without reasonable cause shall pay to the City Treasurer's Office (CTO) an
additional ten (10%) of the polluter's fee provided in section 80(a) hereof.

D. Refusal to submit to roadside emission testing procedure
The refusal of driver to submit suspected smoke belching vehicle shall be punishable with a fine of P5,000.00 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding to one (1) year or
both at the discretion of the court.

Procedure for Roadside Inspection

1. At an appointed time, the RITMT members converge and the Team Leader decides on which venue the RITMT operation shall take place.
2. A spotted vehicle is flagged down for testing
- Driver must immediately submit to the BCPO Officer his driver's license, the vehicle's OR/CR with the date of first registration indicated.
- Driver submits vehicle for emission testing.
Concurrently, the IEO informs the vehicle passengers and driver on the goal of the ordinance and requests their cooperation and support. Driver is reminded to do regular
Preventive Maintenance and Inspection (PMI) on the vehicle.
4. If emission test fails, one vehicle plate is removed, all other documents are returned and a Traffic Citation Ticket (TCT) issued to the driver by the BCPO Ticketing Officer.
Henceforth, the vehicle can proceed to its garage or a repair shop, and cannot be used for any other purpose. Confiscated item/s shall be turned over to the City Legal Office
(CLO) for safekeeping. In lieu of confiscation of plates for the new plates issued by the Land Transportation Office, which are designed not to be removed, there must be
proper documentation of the motor vehicle and its erring driver/owner/operator.

How are confiscated items retrieved?

1. After repair of the vehicle, a validation emission test shall be performed on the vehicle by the CAMC testing team. The appropriate polluter's fee shall be paid at the City
Treasurer's Office (CTO), prior to the execution of a validation test.
2. If the emission test result already falls within the standard, a CAMC-Compliance Emission Certificate (CAMC-CEC) marked "PASSED" shall be given for the vehicle.
3. To retrieve confiscated items from the CLO, the vehicle owner must present originals and a photocopy of the following:
a. Vehicle OR/CR (original and/or photocopy)
b. CAMC-CEC
c. Receipt of appropriate polluter's fee(s) paid

Can one volunteer a vehicle for a Smoke Emission Test?

By appointment and for a fee of P50.00, to be paid at the City Treasurer's Office (CTO), a vehicle may be tested for self-monitoring purposes. No request for voluntary testing shall be accepted during RITMT operations.

Section 75. Incentive for Good Maintenance
As an incentive for owners maintaining their vehicles, counting of offenses shall again start from zero, it can be shown that the vehicle's last apprehension, preceding the
current apprehension, happened at least one (1) year before.

Section 76. Clean Feet Program
There shall be mandatory emission testing for all government vehicles every six (6) months.

Section 77. Traffic Clearance for Lost Plates or Licenses
Prior to the release for traffic clearance by the BCPO, a clearance from the CAMC, through RITMT is required. All those filing for lost plates must get a clearance from RITMT
before going to Land Transportation Office.

If the vehicle failed the smoke emission test, what is the procedure in retrieving confiscated item/s?

1. The smoke belching vehicle should be repaired to meet emission standards.
2. After repair, owner/driver proceeds to the WAMD-CEPMO, City Hall Office, to get a payment order (PO) for the applicable polluters' fee/s and bring the following documents:
a.) Original and/or photocopy each of the Vehicle OR and CR
b.) Traffic Citation Ticket (TCT) and
c.) Test result
3. The fee/s are paid at the City Treasurer's Office (CTO).
a.) Testing fee amounting to Php 100.00
b) Polluter's fee
c) Seminar fee
4. The owner/driver brings vehicle and items listed in #7a below, to the Clean Air Monitoring Committee (CAMC) Office at the BSTP, North Sanitary Camp for emission testing as
per appointed schedule.
5. If emission does not pass standard, steps 1 and 4 are repeated.
6. If emission passes standard, a CAMC-Compliance Emission Certificate (CAMC-CEC) is issued.
7. Owner/Driver goes to the City Legal Office (CLO) with the following documents:
a. Original and one (1) photocopy each of the vehicle OR and CR including the original Traffic Citation Ticket (TCT)
b. Identification card of vehicle owner
c. Original and a photocopy of the CAMC-CEC
d. Original receipt/s of polluter's fees and testing fee paid at the CTO.
8. The City Legal Office shall stamp the CAMC-CEC and all CTO original receipts with "RELEASED" and release confiscated item/s.