Following the plight of truckers affected by the issuance of Manila City Council Ordinance No. 8336 enforcing a city-wide truck ban, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in cooperation with the Aduana Business Club, Inc. (ABCI), facilitates the holding of a Truckers’ Summit where all concerned agencies such as the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), shall participate to address the issues that will be raised by those in the trucking industry.
Signed on Feb. 5 and implemented on Feb. 24, the Ordinance bans all eight-wheeler and over trucks weighing 4,500 kilograms from plying Manila streets from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, allowing them only from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on designated truck routes.
According to the ABCI, two (2) million workers are projected to be affected with the truck ban following the value chain involved in the operations of the business.
Slated on March 19 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila, the Summit seeks to bring together in one venue concerned government agencies and private organizations to address the numerous issues confronting the industry, with the issue of the truck ban as a catalyst for all other concerns.
Meetings in preparation for the event have been facilitated by the DOLE as early as February. These started when the ABCI, an organization of importers, exporters, custom brokers, truckers, and other stakeholders in the Philippines, sought the assistance of the DOLE regarding their issues and concerns on the day-to-day operations of their business, which invariably have impact on the labor and employment of the stakeholders in the industry.
Among the issues raised during the meetings that would be addressed in the Summit are the development of an economic plan for the trucking sector, involvement in the formulation and implementation of policies related to the operation of truckers, and reported abusive apprehension by law enforcers.
“With [DOLE’s] assistance, we hope that the inter-related issues in the trucking business will be resolved with the end in view that better business conditions will create better working conditions leading to harmonious relationship between truckers and drivers”, said ABCI President Mary B. Zapata.
Simultaneously, the DOLE works on the inclusion of the trucking industry in the MUNTAPARLAS-based Cargo-Handling and Logistics Industry Tripartite Council (CHLITC) of the DOLE National Capital Region, pursuant to the instruction of Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz. This is to ensure through tripartism and social dialogue the representation of truckers in the decision and policy-making processes affecting labor and employment in the industry.