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NOCCI submits truck ban paper


The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry formally presented to the Dumaguete City Council Wednesday its position paper/proposal on the proposed truck ban that the city government plans to implement in Dumaguete City.

A proposed truck ban in December 2017 was called off after the business sector sought its postponement in view of the Christmas season.

Edward Du, regional governor for Central Visayas of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and NOCCI past president, said that the position paper/proposal was submitted during the regular session of the city council Wednesday morning.

However, the document has yet to be calendared for deliberation by the city council at another date.

Earlier, officials of NOCCI, headed by Francisco Martinez, has presented this to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo as the chamber had promised earlier that it will help the city come up with a “win-win” scheme on the truck ban for all concerned parties.

The city government had announced late last year that it will implement a truck ban starting December 1 on a daily basis, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays and holidays.

The proposal was supposed to be an “experiment” to decongest traffic in the city. However, the business sector bucked the idea, saying the big trucks are not the ones causing traffic congestion in Dumaguete.

Yielding to the appeal of the NOCCI and the business sector, the city government did not push through with the proposed truck ban, with the chamber saying it will help the local government find a solution to its traffic woes.

The NOCCI’s position paper/proposal for the truck ban this time is based in part on a study of the number of large trucks plying the city streets at certain times of the day when these would be passing through certain routes, and the ingress and egress of trucks to and from the city port when ships from other port of destinations arrive or depart, among others.

Du said, their position paper is based on a truck volume count done by the Traffic Management Office last November and December.

Du said that, based on the initial study, the number of trucks that pass through the city streets each day reaches 60 at the maximum.

Also, the peak hours have been determined, to be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Heavy traffic usually occurs only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with many trucks on the street, he added.

The “regular routes” should also be studied, such as where these trucks usually pass and their destinations, Du said.*JFP/PNA


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