Easing the tension from the implementation of the truck ban in Manila, city officials met with truckers groups on Monday and came out with a possible solution to the dispute.
During the meeting attended by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, officials of the Confederation of Truckers Association (CTA) called for the establishment of holding areas for trucks to be managed by ports operators.
Former National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Director General Edgardo Aglipay, an official of CTA raised the proposal as Estrada stood firm on enforcing a city ordinance calling for a daytime truck ban.
“Because of the daytime truck ban, there will be congestion of trucks in our ports,” said Aglipay.
He said “it is better for us to have holding areas instead of congesting in the roads of Manila.”
Estrada and Moreno agreed to the proposal, saying that the city will be clearing the roads and areas that could be used as holding areas.
“We will clear everything, even the basketball court. That is how serious the city of Manila is (in solving the traffic problem),” Moreno said.
“You can utilize the roads adjacent to the Philippine Ports Authority, after the wall of PPA and inside the the wall of Muello de san Francisco,” he added.
Estrada called on the truckers to give the ban a chance before they oppose it.
“The ordinance was thoroughly studied by the council. Let us see if the scheme is effective in solving traffic before we amend it,” he said.
The meeting, which was called by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, was also attended by officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Tolentino said the MMDA will form a committee which will study how to implement the agreement reached by the Manila city government and trucker groups.
He likewise urged tucker groups to cooperate with Manila as the daytime truck ban was implemented to ease traffic in the city.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO