Palace asks for understanding and cooperation

The Malacanang Palace on Sunday asked for the public’s understanding and cooperation while the problem of port congestion in the City of Manila is being resolved.

In a press briefing over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said “we are appealing for an additional understanding and cooperation of all sector of the government and the public so that we can create a solution for the problem of the port of Manila.

“This week and tomorrow, September 7 and 8 and the following week September 14 and 15, all truck and trucking that will pick up Cargos from the port of Manila will be given a 24- hour last mile truck route privilege with in the next two week or until September 22’, he added.

Coloma, however, cleared that the single-lane truck route being implemented only applies during truck ban hours and is limited to Roxas Boulevard only.

“For further clarification, that one-truck lane is only implemented in one hour truck ban because respecting the truck ban in every local municipality. The agreement for the implementation of single lane for the time of truck ban is due to the peak hour traffic of the different sectors that using the public roads, Coloma explained.

He added that the President has directed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino to create Task Force Pantalan to ease and regulate the flow of traffic going in and out the Port Area in the City of Manila.

This Task Force is headed by Police Chief Superintendent Allen Bantolo of the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office (PNP-NCRPO).

Also part of Task Force Pantalan is the Philippine Ports Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, local government units and the port users.

All overstaying cargo containers will be transferred from the Port of Manila to Subic Port.Clark Pampanga on September 8.

Coloma reiterated the warning that if overstaying cargo containers will not be claimed, the government will be charging P5,000 storage fee for each day beginning October 1.

This is implementation should be strictly and highly observed especially the fine, so that the concern citizens will be forced and obliged to abide the rules that has been implemented by the respected agencies of the government positive response should be properly endorse for the attainment of the solution.

The identification of the problem regarding truck ban resolves the rediscovery of public interest welfare and safety.

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