Sunday, 7 September 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Sunday, September 7, 2014

Palace seeks public's understanding, cooperation to resolve port congestion

The Palace on Sunday asked for the public's understanding and cooperation while the problem of port congestion in the City of Manila is being resolved.

In a press briefing over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said "Hinihiling natin ang dagdag na pag-unawa at kooperasyon ng lahat ng sektor upang masolusyonan ang problema ng congestion sa Port of Manila."

"Ngayong Linggo at bukas (Setyember 7 at 8) at sa susunod na Linggo at Lunes (Setyember 14 at 15), lahat ng trak na maglalabas ng cargo sa Port of Manila ay bibigyan ng pribilehiyong 24-hour last mile truck route sa loob ng susunod na dalawang linggo o hanggang sa ika-22 ng Setyembre," he added.

Coloma, however, cleared that the single-lane truck route being implemented only applies during truck ban hours and is limited to Roxas Boulevard only.

"Nililinaw lang natin... ang one-truck lane ay ipinaiiral lang isa oras ng truck ban dahil iginagalang natin ang truck ban ng iba’t ibang lokal na pamahalaan. Kaya naman sila pumayag na magkaroon ng single lane ay para sa oras ng truck ban na kasabay ng peak hour ng traffic ng iba’t ibang sektor na gumagamit ng ating mga lansangan," Coloma explained.

He added that the President has directed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino to create Task Force Pantalan to ease and regulate the flow of traffic going in and out the Port Area in the City of Manila.

This Task Force will be headed by Police Chief Superintendent Allen Bantolo of the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office (PNP-NCRPO).

Also part of Task Force Pantalan are the Philippine Ports Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, local government units and the port users.

Beginning September 8, all overstaying cargo containers will be transferred from the Port of Manila to Subic Port.

Coloma reiterated the warning that if overstaying cargo containers will not be claimed, the government will be charging P5,000 storage fee for each day beginning October 1. PND (ag)

President Aquino attends Philippine Business for Social Progress membership meeting in Davao City

President Benigno Aquino III will grace the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) membership meeting and launch of Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program in Lanang, Davao City on Monday.

There to welcome the President are Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Antonio, PBSP Mindanao Regional Committee Chairman Paul Dominguez, and PBSP Executive Director Rafael Lopa.

Upon the President’s arrival to the venue at the SMX Convention Center of the SM Lanang Premier, Lanang, Davao City he will be given a tour of the exhibit area before proceeding to the stage for the program.

The PBSP’s Mindanao Annual Membership Meeting and Inclusive Agribusiness launch aims to rally its members and other Mindanao Companies around the idea of inclusive business in the region and seek the opportunity to engage business with the Bangsamoro.

PBSP’s Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program is engaged in the harvesting of coffee, cacao, corn, palm oil and rubber.

The group is also promoting corporate social responsibility programs to help in addressing poverty, job creation, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. PND (ag)