Ban overloaded trucks in Kennon-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
TUBA, Benguet -- Camp 1 residents here are seeking the ban of overloaded trucks passing through Kennon Road and are asking both the help of the Police Regional Office - Cordillera and the Department of Public Works and Highways to implement the anti-overloading law.
In a letter complaint to DPWH - Cordillera director Edilberto Carabaccan, sitio Dungon residents of Camp 1 want to implement the load limit of 10 tons for aggregate carrying trucks.
The complaint, signed by 20 residents of Dungon, Camp 1 is "appealing to your good office (to) effect the ban of these overloaded trucks and cause the removal of the crushing plant to save lives and properties."
The residents are asking "why the load limit of 10 tons of trucks traversing the Camp One bridge, Dungon bridge and Dungon - Agat road is not strictly implemented."
The letter complaint said: "It has been observed that trailer trucks and 10 wheeler dump trucks are loaded with aggregates coming from the MCG Crushing plant ranging from 40 to 60 tons, far beyond the allowed load."
The group further said effect of the overloading has led to the deterioration of the newly constructed Dungon road, which shows "cracks and sealing on the concrete pavement."
"We are thankful that your department has improved our road our road but we should not allow that this will be damaged, destroyed or abused by the unmindful business," the petition added.
The letter noted "the crushing plant is constructed at the mouth of the Dungon bridge just 50 meters away from the bridge site."
It added "Soil and aggregate deposits are stocked up below the bridge because the structures of the crushing plant constrict the waterways or flow of these materials."
The letter expressed their worry "the bridge might collapse or create dam above wherein the bridge and the road will be impassable."
The letter ended by informing Carabaccan the crushing plant permit has expired yet it remains to operate "which is already illegal and no clearance from your office."
In August 27 of this year, Police Superintendent Tessie Sarmiento from the Benguet Police Provincial Office in a memorandum ordered the Tuba police chief to take action against overloaded trucks passing all Kennon Road.
The memorandum had directed the Tuba police chief "to coordinate and follow up the installation of signages indicating the specific types of vehicles that are NOT allowed to pass along Kennon Road at the recommended specified places."
A letter to the Benguet police by Dungon residents last October 11 has also sought the banning of overloaded trucks along Kennow Road, noting that "until the present, there were no apprehensions done by our police officer especially in our area."
The residents further said that the police "keep on ignoring the activities done by this unmindful trucking's."
They likewise added they want the full implementation of anti-overloading law. (Pigeon Lobien)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 19, 2013.