Monday , June 25, 2018

Banana sector seeks truck ban exemption

BANANA growers and exporters are asking the Davao City Council for a truck ban exemption, as the current truck ban hours are causing delay in the transportation of bananas for export.

Executive Director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) Stephen Antig wrote a letter of request initially addressed to the Davao City Transport and Transportation and Management Office (CTTMO) and copy furnished to Davao City councilors Conrado Baluran, committee on transportation and communication chairperson; Marissa Abella, committee on agriculture and food chairperson; and Danilo Dayanghiraing, committee on finance, ways & means and appropriations head.

"With the city's imposition of the truck ban hours from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., PBGEA members are gravely concerned that the truck ban ordinance will cause delays in the transportation and even loading/re-handling and eventual export of their export quality bananas," Antig said.

Antig said that some of PBGEA members are operating and holding offices in Davao City, and as entities engaged in the production of export of fresh, unprocessed bananas, the quality of their member's products depends greatly on how soon they can transport their goods from farms to ports, and eventually to their customers abroad.

He added that any delay can result to losses amounting to millions of pesos.

"This will definitely increase the burden to an already ailing industry, which our President Rodrigo Duterte is trying to save," he added.

"In view of the foregoing, the PBGEA on behalf of all its member- companies, humbly requests for an exemption from the imposition of the truck ban ordinance on their cargo and hauling trucks," Antig said on the last part of his letter.

The letter was already read for under first reading during the City Council session last Thursday. It was referred to the committee on transportation and communication.