A SUMMIT that was supposed to put an end to the problems faced by truckers was temporarily stalled by the absence of representatives from the city government of Manila. As a result, the truckers went home with no solution in sight.
The haulers’ insistence to a 24-hour access to Manila roads was not resolved, including its towing woes. Instead the event served only as a venue to discuss the truckers’ problems.
In spite of this, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the meeting paved the way for closer and open communications with the truckers.
At least a hundred people and 10 government agencies participated in a whole day summit held recently at Bayview Park Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
The government agencies were the Department of Labor, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Ports Authority, Export Development Commission, and the National Economic and Development Authority.
The tuckers and brokers were represented by the Aduana Business Club, a Binondo-based group.
Some of the issues raised during the meeting include the issuance and renewal of franchises, including the phase out of aging trucks; port congestion resulting from lack of holding areas; LGU sticker requirements and truck bans which often result in arbitrary apprehensions and towing; the implementation of the anti-overloading law; imposition of fees; the master plan for the development of a national transport system, including the need for efficient and seamless movement of cargoes by the trucking industry.