AN ANGELES City councilor has filed an ordinance seeking a total ban on gravel and sand trucks on the city’s circumferential road, along which schools, business establishments, and residential areas are located.
Councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil said the quarry trucks pose danger to residents and might damage roads.
According to Sangil, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and city government spent “millions, if not billions of pesos” in repairing and constructing roads that traverse Barangay Cutcut and Barangay Santo Domingo, Angeles City; Barangay Calibutbut, Bacolor town; and Barangay Telabastagan, City of San Fernando.
He also cited health hazards the trucks may cause to people because of fine dust coming from quarry materials.
“The people are prone to accident. Stagnant dust endangers students, mostly pre-schoolers at Holy Family Academy, Noblesse International School, STI, Westfield and villages like Heritage, Mansfield, Villa Dolores, Montenegro, Leoncia, LNS, and Trinidad Village,” Sangil said.
“The health condition of the residents, students, teachers, workers and other people living and doing business in the area should be protected,” the official added.
Sangil said light trucks carrying perishable goods will be exempted. However, he stressed that they still need to apply for exemption, considering safety and health, as well as traffic congestion.
The city official estimated that some 1,000 to 1,500 trucks pass through the city’s circumferential road everyday.
During the city council’s hearing last August 20, Sangil said the proposed ordinance was approved on first reading and referred to the committees on public works and engineering and laws.