CARGO and delivery truck operators will implement a truck holiday in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) during the five-day visit of Pope Francis to the country.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had been able to convince the operators to voluntarily enforce the truck holiday during the papal visit.
Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, on Tuesday said the truck operators agreed to implement the truck holiday January 15 to 19, duration of Francis’ visit.
The pope is scheduled to arrive on January 15, grace events in NCR January 15-16, fly to Leyte province January 17 to meet with Typhoon Yolanda and Bohol earthquake survivors, return to Manila January 18 and depart for the Vatican on January 19.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino had directed Carlos to talk with the truck operators especially those who are operating in the Manila port area.
With the declaration of the truck holiday, Tolentino said, traffic would not be aggravated with cargo and delivery trucks temporarily off the streets.
Heavy traffic in Metro Manila is anticipated during the papal visit as some of roads will be closed to traffic.