Manila truck ban affects FAB economic gains

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 9 years ago

   MARIVELES, Bataan — Massive lay-offs and export value losses will be the major results inside the Bataan Freeport if the truck ban in the City of Manila continues following protests from truckers.

   “The effect of truck ban on the incoming and outgoing shipments to the Freeport Area of Bataan, we notice a 30% reduction in the incoming trucks and 20% reduction in outgoing trucks,” Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) Chairman and Administrator, Atty. Deogracias Custodio told Bataan reporters in a press briefing Thursday afternoon.

   “In a Freeport like the FAB, truck deliveries play a vital role in transporting raw materials especially in the manufacturing industry,” a respected businessman here told this reporter.

   “What we foresee is over 153,000 US dollars decrease in our export value per month if this truck ban continues,” Custodio lamented.

   At present, Custodio also confirmed that more than 50 locators employ more than 17,000 workers inside the FAB.

   “Any prolonged effects that we may suffer due to the truck ban may result in work stoppage and this could possibly cause lay-offs in this workforce which may want to prevent obviously,” Custodio added.

   Meanwhile, Governor Albert Garcia of Bataan suggests,”one option for the free ports like the FAB to assure the delivery of raw materials or finished products, we need to connect directly to the regional hub. We can use the private ports in Mariveles. Those in the port of Manila, they also connect to the regional hub before they ship out to the rest of the world.”

   “Private vessels supplied by a reputable company can use that route, having the right volume and a sustainable supply we can go direct to, for example, Hongkong or Singapore, wherever is feasible,” Garcia told local newsmen.

   In a recent development early Thursday, organizers lifted the self imposed “truck holiday” following a deal with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and agreed to comply temporarily with Manila’s daytime truck ban clamped to ease worsening traffic jams in the Philippine capital.

   Mayor Estrada said trucks loaded with cargoes would now be allowed on Manila roads from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a two-hour extension from the previous window of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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