CCCI: Truck holiday may affect trade in Cebu

by Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Feb 27 2014 09:42 AM | Updated as of Feb 27 2014 05:42 PM

CEBU -- An official of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) on Wednesday said that if the truck holiday in Manila lasts longer, hardware and factories in Cebu will be the first ones to suffer.

Lito Maderazo, CCCI President, said that a lot of consumer goods in Cebu come from Manila. In fact, he noted that the cargo traffic from Manila to Cebu is greater than that of Cebu to Manila.

Maderazo, however, said the Chamber has not received any report from members that their businesses were affected by the protest action of truck operators in Manila.

Still, he said the CCCI will still look into the possible effects of the truck holiday to local businesses in Cebu.

Maderazo said he will discuss this matter with members of the Chamber to prepare for whatever negative effects this may cause to the industry.

Appropriate action will be made, he said, depending on the result of their discussion and monitoring of businesses.

Truck associations had stopped cargo hauling operations starting last Monday at the Manila International Container Port, South Harbor, and Manila North Harbor, in protest of Manila's implementation of the daytime truck ban to ease traffic congestion.