Port manager downplays impact of trucking holiday

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Posted at Nov 20 2018 10:45 AM | Updated as of Sep 01 2019 01:22 PM

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Port operations in the capital will not be disrupted by a 6-day holiday of truckers, its manager said Tuesday. 

The Aduana Business Club mounted the trucking holiday from Nov. 19 to 24 to protest next year's phaseout of 15-year-old trucks and supposed delays in their operations due to the shortage of yard depots where empty containers should be unloaded. 

"Hindi pa rin gaanong makakaapekto ito sa normal o ordinaryong operasyon ng atin ng mga pantalan," Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Jay Daniel Santiago told radio DZMM. 

"Nangako naman ang mga organisasyon na ilalagay nila sa tamang puwesto, lugar ang kanilang pagpoprotesta. Wala naman tayong nakikitang problema o komplikasyon sa araw na ito," he added. 
 
(This will still not affect the typical operation in our ports. The organizations promised that they will conduct their protest in the proper area. We do not see any problem or complication today.) 

The PPA is finding facilities where truckers can unload empty containers, like the Cavite gateway terminal that will be inaugurated on Thursday, said Santiago. 

Around 200 trucks daily would no longer need to enter Metro Manila to unload containers once the new facility opens, he said. 

However, it is the transportation department and not the PPA which could address truckers' complaint on the phaseout of their vehicles, Santiago said. 

DZMM, 20 November 2018