Truckers’ groups seem to have lost their unity as some haulers on Sunday said they will operate during the window hours set by Manila City Hall while others insisted on using roads on a 24-hour basis.
Abraham Rebao, a director of the Aduana Business Club, an organization of truck owners and brokers based in Binondo, Manila, said his group will meet today to decide if they will continue with their strike that crippled operations in Manila ports.
There are around 800 owners of trucking companies doing business at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), South Harbor and North Harbor Terminals.
The other group of haulers are the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines and the Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organizations.
As far as Manila city hall is concerned, trucks are allowed to use the usual route in the city from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We will implement this religiously,” said Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, who was personally tapped by Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada to monitor and supervise the truck window hours.
Haulers are demanding a 24-hour access to Manila City roads, saying that is the only way to decongest traffic.
On February 24, the Manila city hall implemented a revised truck window hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., junking its earlier ordinance-approved truck ban from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. On February 27, upon the intervention of government agencies, the window hour was modified to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Truckers resumed operations on February 28 after the MICT and Manila ports complained that the pile-up containers had reached critical level.