Erap lifts Manila truck ban for World Economic Forum
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada on Monday, May 12 ordered the lifting of the city's truck ban from May 13 to 20, 2014.
Executive Order No. 49, which was signed by Estrada, put an 8-day moratorium on the ban, in preparation for the World Economic Forum on East Asia from May 21 to 23.
The moratorium was earlier requested by Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras.
Late February, the city imposed a daytime ban on trucks plying the congested Philippine capital. Trucks are only allowed to ply the streets of Manila from 9 pm to 5 am, with a window period from 10 am to 3 pm.
In a May 9 letter to Estrada, Singson asked for the moratorium to "clear the huge back log of containers now prevailing in the Pork of Manila." He added that some international boats were "bypassing the Port of Manila due to long queuing of 6-7 vessels at any given time."
The following guidelines will still be imposed during the moratorium, according to Singson's letter:
- Container trucks will not be allowed to park on A. Bonifacio up to Delpan Bridge and other key roads designated by the city of Manila;
- During the allowable truck operating hours, trucks will be allowed entry to and from the Port of Manila and can only use the designated truck routes to include allowing trucks returning empty containers at any time during these operating hours;
- Trucks will be regulated and dispatched by the port operators only at a rate not to exceed 200 container trucks per hour. The port operators will collect and pay to the city of Manila a dispatch fee of P100 per truck, guaranteed payment of P180,000 per day. Provided, however, that the trucks will continue to use only the designated truck routes to the north, south and to Cavite
- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority shall deploy additional traffic enforcers in coordination with the City of Manila.
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