European traders: Truck ban won’t end road jam

 Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada addresses a group of truckers during a meeting with MMDA officials and haulers who are opposed to the modified truck ban being imposed by the city of Manila. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada addresses a group of truckers during a meeting with MMDA officials and haulers who are opposed to the modified truck ban being imposed by the city of Manila. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) on Monday urged the city of Manila to scrap its truck ban, saying it is not a solution to the traffic problem and will only choke business.

“Simply put, forcing the port and the truckers to work inefficiently and limiting trucks to circuitous routes on longer stretches of city roads increase overall traffic,” the group said.

“Whether we like it or not, we have to accept that Philippine local and international trades are dependent on the efficient operations of Central Luzon’s logistics system and the ports of Manila are still key,” ECCP President Michael Raeuber said.

“[Ports and logistics facilities] are designed to operate at peak levels of efficiency at utilization levels of up to 70 [percent]to 80 percent. Once utilization exceeds these levels, service slows because of exceedingly high demand during peak periods as the number of unproductive moves of equipment and services increases. In other words, it is essential that the flow of containers or cargo into and out of the Port of Manila is done 24/7,” he explained.

The group said instead of a truck ban, the government should allow the movement of goods 24 hours a day.

The ban, it said, will leave 75 percent of trucks idle that will result in “port gridlock, collapse of supply and cost increases” which will hurt consumers in the long run and lead to the closure of companies located at the Philippine Economic Zone in Central Luzon.

“Consequently, there is no other immediate option but to accept and recognize the ports of Manila as logistics center and focus on how we can move cargo more effectively in and out of the harbor,” Raeuber said.

“The single best solution for all of the aforementioned issues is to eliminate all truck bans completely and formulate a proper, coordinated, and efficient 24-hour truck route regulation system. This will benefit the entire country and will, to everyone’s surprise, actually reduce the traffic impact of cargo trucks,” he added.

He said building a connector road linking the port with the North Luzon and South Luzon expressways will take 70 percent of container cargo off small city roads.

“In the long term, only an efficient infrastructure chain can support industry and sustainable economic growth. The lack of supporting infrastructure will not be fixed by truck-delivery bans and other restrictions on market driven forces,” the ECCP said.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno met with officials of the Confederation of Truckers Association (CTA) on Monday to discuss the establishment of holding areas for trucks.

Former National Capital Regional Police Office Director General Edgardo Aglipay, an official of CTA, stressed the need for holding areas so as not to congest ports and roads.

“Because of the daytime truck ban, there will be congestion of trucks in our ports,” Aglipay said. “It is better for us to have holding areas instead of congesting the roads of Manila,” he added.

Estrada and Moreno said they will identify areas for such purposes.

“We will clear everything, even the basketball court. That is how serious the city of Manila is [in solving the traffic problem],” Moreno said.

“You can utilize the roads adjacent to the Philippine Ports Authority, after the wall of PPA and inside the wall of Muello de san Francisco,” he added.

Estrada urged the truckers to give the daytime truck ban a chance.

“The ordinance was thoroughly studied by the council. Let us see if the scheme is effective in solving traffic before we amend it,” he said.

The meeting, which was called by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, was also attended by officials of the Departments of Public Works and Highways and Transportation, Land Transportation Office, Philippine Ports Authority and the Philippine National Police.

Tolentino said the MMDA will form a committee that will study how to implement the agreement reached by the Manila city government and trucker groups.

Also on Monday, haulers asked President Benigno Aquino 3rd to intervene and help them convince Manila officials to junk the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. modified truck ban and give them instead a 24-hour access to city roads.

Mary Zapata, president of Aduana Business Club, an organization of truck owners and brokers, said her group will continue its “truck holiday” or stoppage of delivering goods from Manila ports to their destinations unless Estrada recalls the city ordinance banning heavy trucks from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On Monday, Estrada joined policemen and traffic enforcers in apprehending violators of the truck ban.

More than 8,000 haulers use Metro Manila roads.

Truck owners earn P6,000 for deliveries within Metro Manila from Manila ports, P15,000 from Batangas and P16,000 from Subic, Zambales.


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  1. What should be done is to ban all private vehicles from the city during business hours. People would be forced to use public transit. The roads would be clear of impediments for the flow of goods & services. Traffic jams would be a thing of the past, much less accidents & pollution levels would also drop dramatically at the same time.

  2. Makitid at masyadong parokyal mag-isip itong si Erap at si Isko.. Hindi na nila na gets ang masamang epekto sa ekonomiya ng bansa ang panggigipit sa mga cargo trucks.

    Sana kinunsulata nila ang ECCP, American Chamber of Commerce, Phil Camber of Commerce, Makati Business Club, Phil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce at ang grupo ng mga truckers.. Sa mga grupong ito nakasalalay ang employment at pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ng bansa..

  3. alam kaya ni erap/isko kung ilang containers na dapat madala sa mga factories arar-araw? di naman yata pinagralan muna ito ginawa nila bago pinasa yun ordinansa. maliwanag pa sa araw na wala pagaaral na ginawa sila

  4. Tama Vice Isko, imbest na truck ban ay linisin lahat ng kalye ng Manila ng mga sasakyan naka double park, mga vendors, basketball court at buksan lahat ng kalye na sinara gaya ng De la Fuente ( formerly Trabaho St.) na sinara na dat ginagamit ng motorist patungo sa Magsaysay Blvd ( formerly Sta. Mesa Blvd.)at ginawang palengke. Marami pang kalye gaya ng Trabaho na sinara at inisquatan kaya imbest padamihin ang kalye sa Metro Manila ay nabawasan pa. Dapat lahat ng ,au ari- ng sasakyan pati na trycles at di padyak ay meron sariling garage o kaya gumawa ng parking lot ang Manila na may bayad para duon sa walang garage gaya ng mga bus.

    Tama ang European Chamber of Commerce of the Phil na gumawa ng klaye na gagamitin lamang ng mga truck mula sa Port of Manila patungo sa Nlex at Slex. Ito lang ang solution hindi truck ban.

  5. Thank u to the ECCP giving voice of reason to an otherwise small minded solution to traffic problem. Estrada blames the trucker for the gridlock when in fact they should be welcomed as a sign of increasing business activity. All we need is planning. not restriction.

  6. Mayor Estrada should be on the right position not to stop poor driver how much only they earn not enough for daily living not like them who are graft and corruption, robbing peoples money, no heart and no soul. God is my witness KARMA is very effective for those voracious greedy people and time to pay the price, soon their wealth will be vanish through God’s will, great turmoil disaster will come to swept those illegal dirty wealth.

  7. The truth must be told…the truck ban is another possible vehicle for more corrupt practices by law enforcement officials…MMDA and MANILA CITY GOVERNMENT…tapatan sa katotohanan what you need to do is immediately unload ships and put container yards in ourtise cities like LAGUNA and/or BULACAN this way trucks dont actually go into Manila.