After the Philippine Ports Authority terminated its lease contracts with shipping companies operating at the city port, the City Traffic Management Office submitted a position paper supporting the Philippine Liners Shipping Association’s call for extension period of their contract.
Ramon Bartolome of the CTMO told Palawan News that among the problems to be caused by their termination is that their office cannot provide an alternative route, for trucks transporting cargo that will not cause any traffic congestion.
“Wala naman problema basta sundin lang nila yung ordinance. Kahit maglabas sila ng mga cargo containers nila basta sa oras na nakatakda doon sa ordinansa. Sa gabi naman wala namang problema,” Bartolome said.
He said, the schedule of the existing truck ban was from 7am to 9am, 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 6pm for Valencia, Malvar, Burgos Streets and Rizal Avenue which is exempted on the 11am to 1pm truck ban.
The worry of the shipping liners is the extended truck ban that will be released sooner where there are no possible route for them to transport during the said hours except on holidays and weekends.
Along with the position paper of the CTMO are documents on the traffic flow plan of container vans for their in and out of Puerto Princesa Port.
He added that the city government is “doing its best in resolving the traffic situation in the city.”
“We are supportive of the seafarers naman, ang sa amin kasi pwede naman na ‘wag naman silang biglain ng PPA kung sakaling palabasin na sila.,” Bartolome said.
In case the PPA will not give in to the request for extension of shipping companies, it is expected that around 300 trucks will use the thoroughfares of the city every day.
PLSA is proposing for 2 to 5 years extension of the implementation of PPA directive.
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