Amidst report of another truck holiday by certain truck operators, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno today stood firm on the decision of the city government to strictly implement the Truck Ban Ordinance saying “we have already acceded to most if not all of their request ” citing the window hours by which truck can now operate which is from 10am to 5pm.
Moreno said that the city government will not be cowed by their threats, saying “they are the ones that should be held liable for economic sabotage.” He added that the alleged economic losses brought about by the truck ban were actually caused by the truck strike.
The vice mayor pointed out that traffic in Manila greatly improved during the truck ban and that most stakeholders, including the Philippine Ports Authority and the Bureau of Customs have made adjustments but some truck operators are still complaining.
“We all have to make sacrifices to ease the burden on commuters and motorists and the worst is yet to come as construction of Skyway 3 enters its advanced stage,” Moreno noted.
He reiterated his earlier call for more patience and understanding and said the Manila government was doing its best to manage traffic. The city will soon launch its own state-of-the-art command center.