Highland trucks saved from ban

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Governor Nestor Fongwan is happy that local truckers are now exempted from the ban being imposed by the Manila City government.

Although there has been no formal notice from Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada exempting vegetable trucks from traversing Manila streets, all trips have been smooth sailing, the governor said.

“Nakakadaan na ang mga truckers natin doon, we are very happy,” the governor said.


Fongwan requested Estrada to exempt local truckers who deliver perishable goods to Manila markets and bagsakan centers.

Millions of pesos in sales were lost because truckers were unable to deliver the goods on time and lost buyers as a result of the truck ban, which took effect last February.

Trucks plying the rerouted areas were also confronted with security problems as they became targets of thieves and uniformed policemen who do not let them pass.

Trucks were instructed to take the route from C3, turn left to road 10 and turn left again to Moriones. There is no entry policy in Moriones though.

“[But] now we have no complaints from the truckers,” Fongwan said.

A ten-wheeler truck is transporting vegetables from Benguet to Divisoria market contains 18-20 tons of mixed vegetables. Hundreds of trucks ply the Benguet – Manila route daily to deliver produce to the end markets.

The governor surmised that Estrada quickly approved the request for truck ban exemption after the mayor was briefed on the dynamics of the Benguet vegetable industry.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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