New policies to ease Metro Manila traffic congestion issued

New policies to ease Metro Manila traffic congestion were issued after concerned government agencies met with some cabinet officials.

Traffic congestion at Port of Manila
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MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, LTFRB Executive Director Roberto Cabrera, and Port Authority General Manager Juan Sta. Ana came up with the necessary measures during a meeting in MalacaƱang with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya, and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson on Thursday, August 7.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. revealed the following policies during during a press briefing at the Palace:
  • Effective immediately, all “colorum” and out-of-line buses traversing EDSA and travelling in Metro Manila will be apprehended and fined.
  • The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), in cooperation with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), will also continue to study the routes of provincial and city buses in Metro Manila.
  • As for the port of Manila, concerned government agencies and port users will impose new policies to normalize the traffic situation at the port by August 16.
  • Trucks-for-hire still using green plates will be allowed to operate while applying for provisional authority (PA) with the LTFRB until August 15.
  • By August 16, trucks without provisional authority will be apprehended and fined.
  • Trucks owned by private individuals or organizations for their own use may apply for exemption from the provisional authority requirement; the exemption will last three years and is renewable.
  • For the next three months, the government shall give the exemption for free.
  • Despite the issuance of a PA or exemption, green-plated trucks will continue to be covered by the existing truck ban and other traffic regulations.
Coloma called on all port users to have regulars operations even on Sundays to hasten the transportation of goods from the Port of Manila to destination points.

He said other matters discussed during the meeting will be consulted with Metro Manila mayors next week.

He added that concerned government agencies will continue to coordinate with local government units to address traffic congestion at the port and roads in Manila.