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Truckers on protest

Ph gov’t ready to meet with truckers to discuss extension of one-truck lane policy

Truckers on protest
Truckers on protest

MANILA, Philippines – The government is ready to sit down with the association of truckers to settle their disagreement with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) decision to extend for another six months the implementation of its one-truck lane policy along C-5 and Katipunan Avenue, a Palace official said on Thursday.
Truckers have threatened to stage a protest against the MMDA decision, leading to fears of delays of the delivery of basic goods to consumers.
During a press briefing in Malacañang, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. expressed the government’s readiness to talk to truckers to address their concerns.
“Ayaw naman natin magkaroon ng anumang pagkabalam ang maayos na daloy ng mga kargo at mga produkto dahil maaaring magkaroon ito ng epekto sa supply ng mga essential goods at sa presyo na rin,” he said.
“Kaya’t handa naman po ang pamahalaan na makipagdayalogo sa kanila at tukuyin kung ano ang magiging mainam at katanggap-tanggap na solusyon,” he added.
According to reports, the MMDA’s policymaking body, the Special Traffic Committee of the Metro Manila Council, decided to extend the implementation of the one-truck lane policy from August 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016 due to the success of the traffic scheme along C-5 and Katipunan Avenue.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.