Palace to create viable options for those affected by truck ban

February 24, 2014 7:54 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Feb 23 (PNA) — The government is coordinating with truckers to come up with solutions so that the trucking industry will not be completely disadvantaged by its impending truck ban, Malacanang assured Sunday.

Presidential Communciations Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in an interview on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, assured of these coordination efforts since the truck ban takes effect Monday.

Government agencies now meeting with truckers include the Metro Manila Development Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Ports Authority and Department of Transportation and Communication.

Both parties aim to create a clear understanding of the ordinance in order for its rules to be enforced.

“Ito pong mga ahensiyang ito ay masinsin na nakikipag-ugnayan sa mga truckers natin, sa mga organisasyon ng mga may-ari at operator ng mga truck sa port area kung sila po ang sangkot dito,” Coloma said.

“Kaya ang sinisikap po ng pamahalaan ay magkaroon ng pagkakaunawaan ang lahat ng mga sektor para isaalang-alang kung ano ang pinakamainam para sa mamamayan,” he added.

The PCOO chief also said that on Monday morning, there will be another meeting to discuss different details on the truck ban.

He added that according to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, one of the points of attention to be discussed in the meeting is the welfare of truckers and exporters.

”Kinakailangan pong tulungan natin ang ating mga exporters at importers at mga truckers na makakilos ng mahusay habang isinasaalang-alang din ang epekto ng mga infrastructure projects katulad ng Skyway 3 na sinimulan na noong nakaraang Linggo,” Coloma said.

The impending truck ban was considered as a measure to ease traffic congestion in the metropolis. (PNA)

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