Excess truckloads weight banned, Oksi appeals

AO 05-2019. Philippine Port Authority‘s tarpaulin posted at the gate of Abra de Ilog Port informing the public of its prohibition on excess truckloads weight and and non-imposition of weighing fee.

Excess truckloads beyond weight limits will have to be trimmed down as Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) implements Administrative Order 05-2019, effective January 1, 2020, the “Non-Imposition of Weighing Fee for Domestic Outbound Laden Containers and RO-RO Cargo Amending PPA Adminstrative Order (AO) No. 06-211.

Pursuant to Board Resolution No. 2814, the AO 05-2019 covers all domestic outbound laden containers and all RO-RO vehicles Types 3 and 4 “provided such vehicles are registered for commercial purposes and loaded with commercial cargo.

While AO No. 05-2019 waives weighing fee, RO-RO cargo vehicles exceeding with allowable maximum gross weight upon weighing in the port will not be given green light to board maritime vessel “unless weight is reduced to allowable limit”.

In case of empty RO-RO vehicles, as may be declared by the owner/operator, the vehicle will still be subjected to inspected to ascertain that such has no loaded commercial cargo and will not be required to pass trough port weighing scale.

Meanwhile, Type 3 vehicles include light delivery truck, van, pick-up truck, and PUJs. Type 4 vehicles on the other hand pertains to stake truck, heavy delivery truck, passenger/tourist bus, prime mover, tractor head with or without trailer/chassis, and 10-wheeler trucks.

AO 05-2019 was first published with Philippine Star newspaper last July 14, 2019.


Truckers concern

On January 16, Truckers Association of Occidental Mindoro (MAPSSTA) President Nolan Sotto posted in his Facebook account that member-trucks were stranded at Batangas and Abra de Ilog Port since January 15. This is due primarily on the sudden implementation of AO 05-2019.

He also admitted that the trucks were over-loaded.

Sotto then coordinated with Cong. Josephine Ramirez-Sato and Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro.

Nang dahil sa biglaang pagpapatupad ng Philippine Ports Authority ng restriction sa overloading ng pangarga, maraming trucks ang stranded sa Batangas /abra Port simula January 15, 2020 ng umaga. Ang inyo pong lingkod bilang kinatawan ng truckers association ay dagliang gumawa ng aksyon sa pamamagitan ng paglapit sa ating congresswoman sa tulong ni VG Peter Alfaro.”

In his letter to PPA, he cited commercial loads aboard stranded trucks might perished if they will remain stranded at the Ports.

“Worst, many of those trucks are loaded with perishable and essential items that need to be transported immediately to avoid spoilage and delay in the delivery to the owners.”

He also defended truck owners and operators having been not given prior notice before its implementation.

“All these happened primarily because the truck owners and operators were not given prior notice regarding the subject directive.”

Much more, Sotto insisted that AO 05-2019 may result to negative impact of Occidental Mindoro’s commerce and trade activities with other regions.

“And in the long run, this will unduly limit free commerce of goods in neighboring provinces, affect the utilization of six/ten-wheeler trucks, and would result in excessive operating expenses in the transport of products.”

Officials’ action

Following said post, Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro then posted that Cong. Sato immediately acted on it and reached out with PPA as per MAPSSTA stranded trucks.

As per Sotto’s post and Vice Gov. Alfaro’s post, they said the ban was temporarily lifted.

“As per txt message i just recieved from Cong. Nene Ramirez Sato, she made representations with PPA re concerns of our truckers as relayed yesterday by Nolan Sotto. “ok na yong sa truckers. They will lift the ban / restriction . But weight limits have to be observed. We will organize a dialogue to set the weight limit.” Kasabay na inaasikaso ni Cong Nene ang problema sa kuryente. Will keep u posted of any update.”

Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro


“Finaly na lift n po ang ban sa restriction ng gross wt sa mga cargo truck viaje na po ulit tau mga TRUCKERS…. may waiver lang po n pina notario sa btgs pier…. Maraming salamat po Cong. Nene Ramirez Sato,sa effort po nyo ganoon na rin po kay VG Peter De Jesus Alfaro.”

Nolan Sotto, MAPSSTA

The temporary lifting of ban/restriction on excess truckloads though comes with a request to increase the allowed load weight limit.

Representing members from San Jose, Sablayan, Sta. Cruz, Paluan, and Mamburao, Sotto added he has sent a letter to PPA relating to the matter.

“Ito ay pansamantala habang dinidinig ang ating hiling na madagdagan ang allowed load ng mga malalaking truck..Nagpadala na po ako ng sulat sa PPA kalakip ang pirma ng mga myembro from sanjose sablayan stacruz paluan at mamburao..Sana po sa tulong nyo ay mapagbigyan ang aming kahilingan.”


Meanwhile, Board Member Philip Ramirez is set file later this afternoon at Sangguniang Panlalawigan regular session a “Resolution Requesting The Philippine Port Authority (PPA) To Defer The Implementation Of Administrative Order No. 05-2019 Signed By PPA General Manager Atty. Jay Daniel R. Santiago”.

“Medyo nagulat yung mga truckers natin sa Occidental Mindoro dito sa Administrative Order 05-2019. Yan yung dahilan kung inyong napansin na maraming truck ang nakahilera o na-stranded sa Abra de Ilog at Batangas Port nitong January 15 dahil sa excess truckloads nila.”

BM Philip Ramirez

He is also hoping for a dialogue to be set between the truckers concerned, PPA and other concerned stakeholders.

“Kung kakayanin, mapagbigyan sana na hindi muna maimplement ng kahit six (6) months para mabigyan pa ng oras ang truckers natin na makapag-adjust.”

Nolan Sotto’s letter to Philippine Ports Authority.

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