Baguio mayor to extend suspension of truck ban

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is set to extend the suspension of the implementation of the truck ban to iron out concerns by truckers plying in the city delivering perishable goods.

Domogan on Wednesday said the truck ban can cause disturbance to delivery of perishable goods like vegetables and cements.

Members of the Benguet Truckers and Traders Association Inc. and Philex Mining Corporation earlier requested the local government to exempt their trucks from City Ordinance 5 or commonly known as the New Truck Ban prohibiting six wheeler and other heavy trucks to travel in the city from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The local chief executive earlier approved the new truck ban rules this month due to the worsening traffic condition in the city.

Authored by all the councilors and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, the new ordinance however was suspended due to lack of information to other stakeholders delivering vegetables and other goods coming from the different parts of Benguet passing through Baguio.

Domogan said he will issue an administrative order to temporarily suspend the truck ban.

The issued the third extension suspending the implementation of the city’s new truck ban ordinance after receiving numerous complaints from truckers, particularly those delivering perishable goods from the local markets to the lowland and Metro Manila markets, and other industries involved in the delivery of items important to our country’s economy relative to the coverage of the truck ban.

“We need to iron out things so that we will not be accused of impeding the flow of products from the farm to the market among others. We will implement the new truck ban as soon as all issues being raised against the implementation of the ordinance shall have been appropriately addressed,” Domogan stressed.

Domogan pointed out those requesting exemption from the coverage of the new truck ban ordinance have valid reasons that must be considered by the members of the City Council to again revisit the ordinance for them to thresh out the issues and put things in their proper perspective.

He also ordered the local police force to return to the concerned truckers their license plate numbers that were confiscated by law enforcers during the initial implementation of the truck ban while the local chief executive and the local legislators are looking into the possibility of granting exemptions to certain groups from the coverage of the truck ban ordinance. (Jerick James Pasiliao and Dimple Morales/Colegio de Dagupan Intern)