Private Emmission Testing Center(PETC) Accreditation
Republic Act No. 8749 otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act was enacted into law in 1999. It aims to maintain the quality of air and protect human life from the dangers of air pollution. It calls for a holistic national program of air pollution management through cooperation and self-regulation to be mainly focused on pollution prevention rather than control.
Pursuant to Section 21(d) of this Act, the DTI, through the Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumers Protection (BTRCP), is mandated to develop and implement standards and procedures on the licensing of qualified private service centers and their technicians as prerequisite for performing the testing, servicing, repair and the required adjustment to the vehicle emission system.
The management of this accreditation was however transferred from the BTRCP to the BPS as per DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 3:2003. DTI DAO 3, series of 2002, guides the BPS in promulgating the rules and regulations concerning the issuance of DTI Accreditation for Motor Vehicle Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs).
The program, although no sufficient budget was allocated by the government for its implementation, was established by the ever aggressive and hardworking Director of the Bureau. With his direction and unwavering support, the program is now considered a billion peso industry. The Bureau Director is supported by equally effective and hardworking personnel of the PETC Accreditation Services Group also known as Action Team 10A who came from different bureaus of the Department. Lack of resources did not stop the efficient personnel in performing their assigned tasks of delivering quality service, which clients/ stakeholders expect of them.
AT10A is gearing towards ensuring that PETC operators strictly comply with the accreditation scheme guidelines so that customers are not shortchanged by the operators and are provided test services based on quality standards.