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Mayor Erap lifts truck ban in Manila
September 13, 2014 10:48am
Estrada announced this at a press conference in Manila, aired on “News TV Live” and radio dzBB.
Estrada issued Executive Order 67, ordering the immediate lifting of the truck ban in the city to give way to the efforts of the national government to address ports congestion, blamed for heavy traffic in Metro Manila.
“We are giving them a chance para ‘di kami sisihin… baka magkaroon pa ng conflict ‘yung task force na ginawa nila at ang aming task force traffic,” he said.
Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III ordered the formation of Task Force Pantalan to deal with the problem specifically.
“The traffic management council of Manila has recommended that the truck ban of the city of Manila be lifted in order to give the national government a free hand in addressing the problem of port congestion,” Estrada said.
Under EO 67, Estrada also ordered all government departments and offices in the city of Manila – including the Manila Traffic Bureau and Manila Police District – to “extend full support in assistance to concerned national government offices and agencies.”
EO 67 further said: “Orders, rules, regulations, and issuances or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this order are hereby repealed, ended, or modified accordingly.”
Meanwhile, Estrada appealed to commuters and motorists to “prepare for any inconviences that may result in the lifting of the truck ban.”
When asked if the city government of Manila was pressured to issue the order, Estrada said: “We have done this voluntarily.”
“In fairness to the President, hindi niya kami sinisisi kundi ang mga trucker lang,” he added.
He said he has been in contact with Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras to address the port congestion, but he was not pressured by them.
In August, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) identified the daytime truck ban imposed by the city government of Manila as the root cause of the congestion problem at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and the Manila Port.
PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said that prior to the implementation of the daytime truck ban on February 24, turcks could usually move some 5,000 container vans a day from the vessels to the ports.
Earlier, Estrada insisted that the truck ban has done more good than harm, saying it has finally eased traffic conditions in the city.
“I have awakened the people. Walang problema dun, I have given them enough windows, sa Roxas Boulevard nga, 24 hours sila pwede, one lane. Kung i-lift, babalik na naman yung problema,” he said then.
“Maraming benefit dito sa truck ban. Greater benefit, and the majority is happy, especially with the people of Manila. Nakakapasok na yung mga estudyante on time, pati yung mga nag-oopisina,” Estrada said. — Amanda Fernandez, Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
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