BENGUET -- Vegetable traders in Benguet are seeking to lift Baguio City’s truck ban for the holiday season.
In a December 6 letter penned to City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, members of the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post Association has requested for the possible lifting of truck ban from December 20 to 31.
“It is during December that is the peak season of the vegetable industry where farmers hope to sell most of their produce since the demand doubles or triples,” the league said.
The group added vegetables from Benguet and nearby producing provinces supplies key markets of the different provinces and Metro Manila. They also cited possible release of additional 30 truck ban passes to cater to the increase of buyers for the peak season.
“This is to allow the swift delivery of the highly perishable local goods to the consumers,” the letter added.
The same request was also made in 2018 under then Mayor Mauricio Domogan, but declined to the additional 60 trucks from the organization had been exempted from the ban implemented from 6: 00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m where trucks are prohibited to traverse roads within the main central business district.
City Ordinance number five series of 2017 was approved in lieu of the “immense traffic experience during rush hours worsened by slow moving trucks, trailers, dump trucks and other freight trucks utilizing the roads.”