24-hour express lane to be available for cargo trucks to reduce backlog — Palace official

MANILA, June 5 (PNA) — There will soon be a 24-hour express lane for cargo trucks to reduce the backlog in truck deliveries, a Malacanang official said on Thursday.

This, according to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. would facilitate movement into and out of the Port of Manila.

Coloma raised the issue after Cabinet Secretary Rene Alemendras met with Manila local government officials, port authorities, truckers’ representatives and the business community to resolve the truck ban issue.

“As agreed upon in the meeting, there will be a 24-hour express lane for cargo trucks to facilitate movement into and out of the Port of Manila along Roxas Boulevard through the cities of Manila, Pasay and Paranaque,” the PCOO chief said in a statement.

“It was agreed during the meeting that all concerned parties will work together to reduce the backlog in deliveries,” he added.

Coloma, meanwhile, said the government is also appealing to consignees of shipments to accept deliveries even during night time in order to clear the backlog.

“We view the resolution of this ticklish issue as being essential to ensuring the smooth flow of goods that will support economic growth and progress,” he said. (PNA)