Holiday truck ban seen to worsen port congestion

Holiday truck ban seen to worsen port congestion

We still haven’t resolved our port congestion issue and now there’s another one coming!!!


Holiday truck ban seen to worsen port congestion

December 2, 2014 9:47pm

The total truck ban along Roxas Boulevard that will be implemented starting December 3 will worsen the port congestion in Manila, an organization and a truckers’ group said in a Tuesday report on GMA News’ “24 Oras”


“Any truck ban will not work, ang gusto natin free flow of goods, meron pa tayong malaking problema, it only aggravates the situation, ‘di siya makakatulong,” Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines secretary general Norman Adriano said.


The truck ban seeks to ease traffic in the area during activities such as the Midnight Mass, the Metro Manila Film Festival parade of stars in December, the Papal visit in January, the Feast of the Black Nazarene, and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.


Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association, for its part, said the truck ban would affect the delivery of some products.


The group is asking for a 9 PM to 5 AM window period when trucks would be allowed on Roxas Boulevard.


“Pinangangambahan namin dito, in two to three weeks time, baka mas malala pa sa balik ng dati,considering that ang sitwasyon ngayon ay ito yung peak season talaga within the year,” Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association president Teddy Gervacio said.


Steven Cua, president of Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, noted that prices of goods may slightly increase.


“Maaring tumaas ng kaunti ang presyo kung it affects the supply of prime commodities during this period when a lot of people shop for prime commodities,” Cua said.


Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry said there was enough supply of products for the Christmas season.


The agency said the truck ban in Roxas Boulevard should not affect the prices of goods as there are alternative routes for trucks. —Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza/NB, GMA News



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