Some 50 truckers bringing daily more than 2,000 tons of fresh vegetables from Benguet Province to Metro Manila are asking for exemption on the truck ban imposed by the city government of Manila recently to avoid further losses on their highly perishable goods.
From here to Manila, the truckers have to travel some eight to nine hours traversing 257 kilometers. None of them use refrigerated truck.
Benguet provincial governor Nestor Fongwan said the request was coursed through his recent letter to Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada.
”We are very hopeful Mayor Estrada will please consider the predicament of our truckers who want to bring without delay our fresh products to their various customers in Manila,” he said.
Most of their customers open only during daytime — the period by which they can no longer travel although they are already in the area.
Most of the fresh vegetables shipped by the truckers daily are cabbages, broccoli, cucumber, potatoes, carrots, sweet peas, wong bok, Baguio beans, green onion leeks, pechay, sweet pepper and sayote. PNA