The Department of Transporation (DOTr) has finally heard motorists complaints regarding their registration woes. In a new memo, the agency has removed the daily quota of vehicles a Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs) can test as well as an extension on the validity of their results.

In recent memorandum, the DOTr temporarily suspended, until further notice, Section 6.6 of Department Order 2012-10. This Department Order restrict PETCs to conducting a maximum of 32 tests per day for diesel vehicles (based on a 15-minute test duration) and 48 tests per day for gasoline vehicles (based on a 10-minute test duration).

Pursuant to the new directive, PETCs are now allowed to conduct a maximum number of 120 vehicles subject to emission testing and PETC IT Service Providers will also automatically set the Client Application Program from 80 to 120. Moreover, PETCs are also authorized to operate from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, subject to strict compliance with other provisions of the Department Order.


In another memorandum issued by the DOTr through its Office for Administrative Service/Franchising Review Staff, all PETCs and Motor Vehicle Emission Control Technicians (MVECTs) concerned were granted another fifteen (15) days to operate, or until 30 July 2020.

This order further extends the authorization of PETCs and MVECTs to operate, which were initially supposed to end last 15 July 2020, according to a previous memorandum issued on June 30, 2020.

DOTr undersecretary for administrative service, Artemio Tuazon, said that these directives aim to follow the guidance of transportation secretary Arthur Tugade, to assist more vehicle owners who need to secure their Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC), which is a necessary requirement in vehicle registration.

Since the resumption of operations of PETCs and the Land Transportation Office (LTO), motorists who are processing the renewal of their vehicle registration were lining up as early as the day before just to get a slot for the next day’s emission test schedule.