- The planned Cebu province-wide truck ban starting Jan 15 may cause port congestion, according to a Cebu Port Authority official
- The Cebu provincial government eyes a truck ban starting January 15 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to ease the traffic situation in the cities of Mandaue, Consolacion, and Liloan
- Releasing of cargoes from Cebu International Port will be moved to 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to align with the truck ban
- An executive order on the ban has yet to be issued by the provincial government
The Cebu Port Authority (CPA) expects port congestion may occur once the planned Cebu province-wide truck ban is implemented beginning January 15.
“We may expect congestion at Cebu port during the truck ban implementation. As to the magnitude of the congestion, we still have to wait and see,” CPA general manager Leonilo Miole told PortCalls in a text message.
The Cebu provincial government is eyeing a province-wide truck ban starting January 15 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to ease the traffic situation in the cities of Mandaue, Consolacion, and Liloan.
A ban is currently in place in Cebu City but only for the duration of the celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Niño which began on January 10.
Miole said they are still waiting for an executive order from Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia to implement the province-wide truck ban. The order will determine the date and duration of implementation, Miole noted.
To align with the planned truck ban, cargo releasing from the Cebu International Port (CIP) will be moved at nighttime from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. This new policy also hinges on when the executive order is issued, Miole said.
According to a report by Sugbo News, the official publication of the Cebu provincial government, the decision to impose a truck ban was arrived at in a consultative meeting on January 7 between Garcia, CPA, Bureau of Customs, truckers’ groups, Land Transportation Office 7, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7, CIP cargo-handling operator Oriental Port and Allied Services Corp., Mandaue city government representatives, Consolacion mayor Joannes Alegado, and Liloan mayor Christina Frasco.
Trailer trucks and wing van trucks plying the roads going to and from CIP are seen as one of the causes of heavy traffic in the north of Cebu.
Liloan mayor Frasco said that while the truck ban may pose challenges for the trucking industry, it is seen as a coordinated solution to the traffic problem.
She added the goal is to alleviate heavy traffic for everyone, as “the lesser time on the road and the lesser time your trucks are stuck in traffic, the better it is for you (truckers association) because we all know the more delays there are, more losses that you incur.” – Roumina Pablo