Pineda orders 2-week suspension on quarrying in Pampanga
Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda has ordered a two-week suspension of quarry operations in the province to give truck owners and haulers enough time to cut the sidings of their vehicles to prevent overloading.
The governor said quarry associations agreed to comply with the 33-ton weight limit imposed by the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation on the Candaba Viaduct while it rehabilitates the nearly 50-year-old bridge.
“Magsasara muna po ang quarry sa Pampanga para bigyang daan ‘yungpagpuputol ng sidings ng mga truck. Lahat ng truck na tatakbo sa probinsiya, kailangang ma-accredit muna, may required height sa sidings, depende sa width at depende sa truck kung ilang cubic lang ang pwede nilang ilulan,” Pineda said.
He issued the order after meeting with officials of the NLEX Corp., Department of Public Works and Highways, and quarry operators and truckers at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center on August 2.
“Nirerespeto po namin ang desisyon ng NLEX Corp. na limitahan lang ng hanggang sa 33 tons ang pwedeng papasukin sa Candaba Viaduct, dahil kailangan ding i-rehabilitate ang bridge, kundi baka mas malaki ang maging problema natin,” he said.
“Nakikiusap po ako sa pamahalaang nasyunal na sana po ay abisuhan din ang mga truck na nanggagaling sa Norte na sumunod din sa ipinatutupad ng NLEX Corp.,” Pineda said.
NLEX Corp. is also set to implement today the rerouting plan for vehicles carrying loads above 33 tons. It suggested an alternative route via Gapan City in Nueva Ecija.
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