Electronics firms losing money due to 'truck ban' - SEIPI

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2014 12:44 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2014 08:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Some electronics companies are losing between $20,000 to $100,000 (around P892,000 to P4.4 million) a week due to the truck ban in Manila, an official of the Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc (SEIPI) said.

SEIPI president Dan Lachica said its member companies' operations have been adversely affected by the truck ban in Manila. He noted some have even temporarily shut operations, due to delays in getting raw materials.

"Dahil po sa truck ban, na-aantala ang mga pickup and delivery ng mga piyesa ng mga members. Kaya bukod sa delay, nagpapatong-patong ang gastusin. In fact sa ibang sa kasapi natin, umaabot $20,000 to $100,000 a week ang gastusin dahil as ipinatupad na truck ban," he told DZMM.

Under Manila's ordinance, trucks will only be allowed to travel between 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon, and again from 9 in the evening to 5 in the morning.

Because of the delays caused by the truck ban, Lachica said some clients may even move their operations out of the Philippines.

"Ang mas masama pag nagalit ang customers, eh ililipat sa ibang site or ibang bansa ang mga orders. Ngayon pa lang, maraming problema ang hinaharap ng industriya natin, kaya for the past 3 years, bagsak ang export sales natin," he said.

Lachica urged the Manila city government to lift the truck ban.

"Kung 8 hours lang ang ina-alllow na biyahe, napakalaki ng impact niyan not just sa electronics but sa industriya natin. Kung pwede sanang mabalik sa 15 hours, yung ginawang temporary sked last week for 3 days sana maipatupad habang sinusuri yung tamang solusyon," he said.