IN a move to help decongest the Port of Manila, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has set a three-month moratorium in going after colorum or illegal delivery trucks that carry containerized cargos.
LTFRB Chairperson Winston Ginez on Friday said trucks-for-hire with Philippine Port Authority’s (PPA) Port Users Certificate and LTFRB’s Provisional Authority (PA) will not be apprehended under the Joint Administrative Order (JAO).
The JAO, which was issued by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), LTFRB and Land Transportation Office (LTO), imposes P200,000 fine on and three months’ impoundment of colorum delivery trucks.
Ginez said the moratorium will take effect until operations in the Port of Manila normalize as determined by the Cabinet Cluster on Decongestion of Port of Manila.
“This is to ensure sufficiency and availability of cargo trucks until the operations of the Port of Manila normalize as determined by the Cabinet Cluster,” Ginez said in a news briefing in Makati City (Metro Manila).
The LTFRB’s move was based on recommendation of the Working Committee formed by the Cabinet Cluster to address the congestion at the port.
“In helping find a solution to the emergency port situation, we are abiding with the public and private Working Committee’s recommendation to temporarily suspend the implementation of the JAO against trucks-for-hire in the Port of Manila that have yet to secure their PAs,” said Ginez.
The committee met last week to address the emergency situation.
Present during the meeting were representatives from the private sector, including Ernest Ordoñez of Alyansa Agrikultura, Elsie Chua of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber and Industry, Anthony Chua of Makati Business Club, Rex Daryanani of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Alberto Suansing of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines.
Also present were Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Assistant General Manager Emerson Carlos, National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tugadando of the Department of Public Works and Highways, PPA Assistant General Manager Raul Santo, and Ginez.
Ginez, however, said the cargo trucks must observe the truck ban, 24/7 trade lane regulations and traffic rules being implemented by MMDA, City of Manila and other local government units in their respective areas.
He clarified that trucks-for-hire with green plates that do not service the Port of Manila will be apprehended under JAO.
On August 16, the Joint Task Force on Anti-Colorum of the LTFRB and LTO, with the assistance of the MMDA and Quezon City enforcers, began apprehending colorum trucks-for-hire who are not port users.
Currently, there are 12,145 trucks-for-hire consisting prime movers or tractor heads and stake/straight trucks carrying 20-foot container vans that are using the Port of Manila to unload and load commercial goods. This is only one-third of the total trucks-for-hire in Metro Manila.
In identifying these trucks, it was agreed in the meeting that the PPA will be issuing Ports Users Certificate to users of the Port of Manila.
Of the total number of trucks-for- hire using the port, 10,000 have already applied and issued PAs by LTFRB.
Simultaneous with PPA’s issuance of Port Users Certificate to these trucks, LTFRB will also accept applications for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) and PA, exclusively only for the 2,000 trucks-for-hire that are users of the Port of Manila that have not yet secured their PAs.
In facilitating the issuance of the PPA’s certificate and PA, the PPA and LTFRB are setting up one-stop shop where the trucks can file their applications beginning on Tuesday.
Carlos said cargo trucks that will traverse Epifanio de los Santos Avenue and other areas covered by the Metro Manila-wide truck ban will be apprehended by their enforcers.