Eleazar to shippers: Release your container vans, help decongest ports

Guillermo Eleazar

TAKE advantage of the traffic jam-free situation across the country in releasing your container vans in order to help decongest all the country’s ports specifically in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

This was the appeal made to all Philippine shippers and consignees by Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield commander, Philippine National Police Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday.

According to Eleazar, now is the opportune time for shippers and consignees to release their container vans in order to decongest all ports in Luzon where the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is strictly being implemented.

Lt. Gen. Eleazar said the traffic situation in Luzon, especially the roads leading to and from the Manila International Container Terminal and the Manila South Harbor, right now are ideal for unhampered movement of shipments and even empty containers back to the shippers or consignees’ warehouses and other storage.

“We have designated special lanes and we are also giving special consideration to cargo vehicles in order to ensure unnecessary and redundant inspections. This is the right time for the shippers and consignees to move out their shipments from the ports and eventually lead to the decongestion of our ports,” he said.

PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa earlier approved the deployment of PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) personnel to secure cargo vehicles along major thoroughfares in the country in order to ensure the unhampered movement of these vehicles which are carrying basic products including perishable goods like meat, fish and vegetables as well as construction materials and the like.

Based on Gen. Gamboa’s order, Eleazar said that members of the PNP-HPG headed by Brigadier Gen. Eliseo DC Cruz will set up Dedicated Control Points (DCPs) along major thoroughfares. It is only at the DCPs where cargo vehicles are allowed to be inspected.