Truckers stop strike for 3 days

Posted at 02/27/2014 12:57 AM | Updated as of 02/27/2014 6:33 PM

MANILA - Members of the Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association have agreed to suspend their strike and abide by the truck ban imposed by the City of Manila for 3 days starting Thursday.

According to the association's president Teddy Gerbacio, they are willing to try adhere to the daytime truck ban, but will hold a new dialogue with Mayor Joseph Estrada if they find the truck ban still unfavorable.

"Nais nating subukan, base sa sinasabi ni Mayor Estrada, sa loob ng tatlong araw. Pagkatapos ng tatlong araw ay babalik kami para mapag-usapan kung ano man ang hindi naging magandang resulta, na maaring i-adjust ni Mayor Erap upang ang aming mga hinihiling ay kanyang pag-isipan at maaring pagbigyan," Gerbacio told dzMM.

Gerbacio said the city government has given them a longer window, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Binigyan tayo ng mas mahabang window kung saan maaring tumakbo ang mga may karga, at karagdagang linya sa Roxas Blvd papuntang Cavite at pabalik. Iyung mga walang laman ay tatakbo ng 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.," he said.

Gerbacio said 3 three days, they will consolidate their findings on the truck ban.

"Iipuninin at ilalahad namin kay Mayor Erap ang resulta ng pagsubok sa truck ban, at maglalatag tayo ng panukala ng aming kahilingan para iyon naman ang subukan namin kung ito at magiging epektibo," he added.

Gerbacio also said they will be asking the city government to given them a 24/7 truck lane in the city.

"Kung may mas magandang solusyon na favorable ay tatanggapin at susubukan ulit. Tumatalima kami ngayon, at ipinakita namin ang parte namin," he said. - report from Zandro Ochona, dzMM