Iloilo City destroys over 150 mufflers

More than 100 modified mufflers or tambucho were destroyed at Iloilo Dinagyang Grandstand Friday. (City Hall photo)

By Mariela Angella Oladive

Serving as a warning to riders and motor vehicle owners against installing unauthorized, noisy exhaust systems, the Iloilo City Government publicly destroyed 157 confiscated modified mufflers in a ceremonial event on Friday, May 17, at the Iloilo Dinagyang Grandstand.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, leading the ceremony, emphasized the city’s ongoing efforts against illegally modified mufflers, stating that these devices “disrupted the peace and tranquility of our neighborhoods, especially at night. They symbolize the non-compliance of some motorists with our local traffic regulations.”

Of the total confiscated modified mufflers, the Iloilo City Traffic Management Unit (ICTMU) confiscated 119, the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) seized 31, and the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) took seven.

Treñas lauded the city’s law enforcement for their successful implementation of the amended Anti-Modified Muffler Ordinance No. 2023-071.

This ordinance prescribes a noise limit of 99 decibels for motorcycle exhaust systems and grants authorities the power to impound modified mufflers from violators. Offenders will also face escalating fines ranging from P1,000 to P5,000.

“The endeavor marks yet another significant achievement in the City Government’s ongoing efforts to ensure public safety and promote a harmonious living environment for all city residents and visitors,” the mayor said, further calling for public cooperation in adhering to road rules and regulations.

He emphasized the City Government’s commitment to a safer environment for all.

The event was attended by Lieutenant Colonel Lindley Barrientos, ICPO Deputy City Director for Administration; retired Police Col. Uldarico Garbanzos, ICTMU Head; PSTMO Assistant Department Head JV Mabilog; and City Councilors Jose Maria Miguel S. Treñas, Candice Magdalane Tupas, and Atty. Sedfrey Cabaluna.