On Board Tapang’s proposal-A A +A
By DP Limlingan
Monday, September 16, 2013
LAST Friday, ex-officio Provincial Board Member and Philippine Councilor’s League Pampanga Chapter president Michael Tapang has proposed an ordinance which seeks the regulation of vehicles used in hauling and transporting sand, gravel and other quarry materials within the province of Pampanga.
The gentleman from Porac is a quarry hauler and trucker himself, yet is up against the deterioration and destruction of roads and bridges due to the lack of teeth of laws against overloaded trucks. Overloaded trucks are said significantly contribute to the degradation of roads and bridges due to their weight.
Tapang has remarked that while we have other laws and regulations on overloading, they have not much teeth to grind violators of anti-overloading policies.
During Friday’s session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan that was presided over by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, Tapang said that there are “unrealistic” laws against overloading that needs to be implemented properly.
Tapang’s proposed ordinance that moves for the accreditation of vehicles hauling sand and gravel also seeks to prevent the recurrence of vehicular accidents resulting in the loss of lives and properties due to poor road and bridge conditions in the province.
The neophyte member of the Provincial Board is realistic. While Pampanga has gained so much from the taxes and fees generated from sand and other quarry materials, so much of our roads and bridges have been damaged due to overloaded trucks. The solution simply lies on the “serious screening” and accreditation of trucks using roads in the province.
Under the proposed ordinance, accredited vehicle owners approved by the provincial government are required to haul and transport only the authorized volume of sand, gravel and other quarry materials from permitted quarry sites.
The accreditation will sort out vehicles that comply with overloading against those that do not. Those that comply with the accreditation will be allowed to transport quarry materials while the latter will be apprehended.
Tapang furthered that vehicles used for hauling should be equipped with tarpaulins so that water from extracted quarry materials does not drip while on their way to their destinations. The weight of these vehicles, plus water dripping from trucks causes road deterioration.
For a start, a Technical Working Group will be created that will formulate the mechanics of the implementation of the proposed ordinance. Then an accreditation committee shall handle the determination of trucks whether they are overloaded or otherwise. The committee shall likewise accredit trucks that will be allowed to use roads in the province.
An Anti-overloading Task Force meanwhile, shall be the apprehension team that will monitor and implement the proposed ordinance. It shall be composed of the Philippine National Police, authorized personnel of the Land Transportation Office, barangay watchmen, quarry checkers, quarry permitees and accredited truckers/haulers themselves.
The proposed ordinance is timely and proper. It shall save the provincial as well as the national government millions spent on repairs and maintenance of roads and bridges. It shall prevent road accidents too as it will maintain and prevent further damage of road conditions.
Truckers and haulers will benefit too from the proposed ordinance as they will save time and maintenance costs if roads and bridges that they pass through are in good state. Their time of travel shall be lessened as poor road conditions slows down their trips. Maintenance costs for their trucks shall also be minimized if roads are maintained by way of apprehending overloaded trucks.
Tapang’s ideas are brilliant. They are win-win solutions to the problems on overloading of vehicles and road and bridges’ maintenance.
Everyone, including the provincial government and other local government units, will be a winner and will benefit from this proposal if it will be enacted into an ordinance.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 17, 2013.