The Provincial Council of Ilocos Norte has drafted a resolution seeking to temporarily suspend the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) and operations of all Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVIC) within the province’s jurisdiction.

“My heart goes to the small business owners of private emission centers and I feel that it is not sensitive to the times,” said Ilocos Norte vice governor, Cecilia Araneta-Marcos.

Marcos was also referring to the LTO’s management procedure manual which is confusing, based on the testimonies of PMVIC clients.


Provincial board member and chairman of province’s Committee on Laws, Atty. Da Vinci Crisostomo has added that a draft resolution is currently being reviewed at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to move for the temporary suspension of the PMVICs until the new system’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) are made clear to the public.

Not the first time

Last week, the City of San Fernando, La Union, has also expressed its intention to temporarily suspend the PMVIC operations within the city limits. The city has since passed a resolution stopping the PMVIC operations until further notice.

A PMVIC is a center where a vehicle will be inspected based on the new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (PMVIS), which is now being implemented in other regions of the country.

While the MVIS is envisioned to make our roads safer by making sure that all vehicles are 100% roadworthy, many claim this new inspection requirement causes more issues than solutions. Some of the issues raised were the high cost of the inspection itself, machinery and software not being calibrated to correct measurements, improperly-trained personnel causing damage to some full-time four-wheel-drive vehicles, and many more.

Others also claim that the system is so stringent, that its parameters and standards are only fit for a brand new vehicle.