MANILA -- If there are trailer trucks parked on the road, according to DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya, then "there's really something wrong."
Abaya told ANC on Wednesday that he understands Mayor Estrada's need to address congestion and probably some security problems in the city, thus the imposition of the truck ban.
He said one primary condition of the ban is to prevent trucks from parking along A. Bonifacio, which he thinks is "reasonable and just logical".
Asked about his thoughts on the refusal of the Philippine Ports Authority to open some of its streets for the use of trucks, he said the PPA has been doing its part.
"It's not as if the PPA has a couple of football fields waiting inside where we can park all the cars, no. All the available areas of PPA is being used in port operations," Abaya said.
In fact, he added, at any one day, more than a thousand trucks are inside PPA, not visible to the public, moving goods, taking in containers and dropping off containers.
"There's a request from Manila that we open up some PPA streets. No problem with us. We will gladly open... however, those are very limited areas," he said.
Abaya said the PPA can only accommodate about 120 trailer trucks with 40-foot vans.
"We'll grant the request but that is not enough to absorb around 4,000 trucks which come in and out of the Port of Manila," Abaya said.