MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) on Wednesday joined the call for Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to review the city’s newly implemented daytime truck ban policy, noting its supposed drastic effects on the flow of goods in the country.
“We have received various requests from our members to air their appeal for the reconsideration and to conduct further study relative to the implementation of daytime truck ban, as this will seriously disrupt the vital flow of goods that sustain commercial operations,” the FPI said in a February 19 letter addressed to Estrada.
The letter was received by the City of Manila on Monday, February 24.
Under the new city policy, which began implementation on Monday, trucks are banned to ply the streets from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. However, they are given a window period to travel from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Despite the window, the FPI said the move will have damaging effects on the economy.
“It will cripple business and the economy particularly considering the strategic location of the City of Manila relative to the Port of manila as well as the manufacturing and commercial operations,” the group said in its said.
Composed of 38 industry associations and 110 corporation members, FPI is the umbrella organization of manufacturers and producers in the Philippines.
In its letter, the FPI requested for a face to face audience with Estrada, to discuss a possible compromise to the daytime truck ban, saying nighttime delivery will prove to be more costly in the long run.
“Night delivery will entail added costs, as various businesses that usually operate only during daytime will now be constrained to operate in the evening to prepare and receive deliveries,” the FPI said.
“Moreover, night deliveries also come with increased cases of theft, pilferage, and hijacking as experience has shown. It is in this regard that we wish to seek an audience with you so that the concerns of the industry could likewise be heard,” it added.
“Indeed, the convenience of the riding public is as important as the movement of goods as this will affect the supply and demand in the market,” FPI further said. (MNS)