Foreign chambers urge government to address truck ban issue

Categories: Business Updates

Date Posted: 22 Apr 2014

The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) and Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) are calling on the government to come up with measures to address the expected rise in trade volume in the ports of Manila in the next 2 months amid a truck ban imposed in the city’s streets. In a joint statement, the groups expressed its concern on the economic damage that will be brought by the existing truck ban when the trade volume picks up in May and June. The groups said, “While we are supporting all efforts to better utilize the available capacities of the ports of Batangas and Subic, we know that there are no options but to use the ports of Manila more effectively.” While some stakeholders have been holding discussions on possible solutions to the matter, the groups noted that it is only through an inclusive stakeholders’ roundtable that the magnitude and the complexity of the issue can be assessed and short, mid-term, and long-term solutions can be developed.