Palace intervenes to address issue on Manila truck ban

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MALACANANG has decided to intervene on the row between the Manila City Government and trucking operators over a truck ban that is being imposed by the local government.

In the regular press briefing on Wednesday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said national government officials are reaching out to both sides to move forward or at least reach a compromise.

"Everyone is looking for ways to move forward or at least find a compromise agreement," she said.

She said the office of Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras had called the concerned national government agencies to "explore ways to move forward" on the issue.

These agencies include: Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation and Communications, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

Valte said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino was tasked to coordinate with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on the matter.

Philippine Ports Authority head Juan Sta. Ana is talking with the truckers' group, she added.

"Pareho silang well-meaning, may kanya-kanyang dahilan. Ang task natin is to help them come up with a compromise acceptable to both of them," she said.

The Bureau of Customs earlier expressed concern on the possible huge revenue losses that the government might incur because of the issue on the Manila truck ban. (SDR/Sunnex)

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