Gov orders 2-week halt on quarry operations

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — A two-week suspension of the province’s quarry operations has been ordered by Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda to give truck owners and haulers enough time to cut the sidings of their vehicles to prevent overloading.

In a meeting with officials of the NLEX Corp., Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and quarry operators and truckers at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here on Aug. 2, quarry associations agreed to comply with the 33-ton weight limit imposed by the NLEX on the Candaba Viaduct, while the 50-year-old bridge undergoes rehabilitation.

Magsasara muna po ang quarry sa Pampanga para bigyang daan ‘yung pagpuputol 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,” said Governor Pineda.

“Magsasara muna po ang quarry sa Pampanga para bigyang daan ‘yung pagpuputol 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,” said Governor Delta.

The Governor said he respects the decision of the NLEX Corp. not to allow trucks with gross vehicle weight greater than 33 tons to pass by the Candaba Viaduct Southbound starting Aug. 2. . It suggested an alternative route via Gapan City in Nueva Ecija.

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. 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.

Earlier, the engineering consultant of NLEX highlighted the urgency for repairs and the need to restrict the weight of vehicles plying the viaduct.

Amid the ongoing major safety upgrade of the Candaba Viaduct, AMH Philippines has cited aging and continuous heavy loads as among the factors affecting the current condition of the structure.

Nakikiusap po ako sa ibang governors, especially sa Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, at Bulacan na alam kong sira-sira na rin ang mga national road. Sana maghigpit din po kayo, dahil kundi, tayu-tayo rin po ang mamomroblema kalaunan. Nasasayang din po ang resources ng gobyerno, dahil two years lang, wasak na kaagad ang mga daan,” said Governor Delta.

Gov. Pineda also said the NLEX, Land Transportation Office, Highway Patrol Group and provincial government will also form a task force to ensure compliance with the anti-overloading law (Republic Act No. 8794) to protect the roads.

Gov. Pineda also said the NLEX, Land Transportation Office, Highway Patrol Group and provincial government will also form a task force to ensure compliance with the anti-overloading law (Republic Act No. 8794) to protect the roads.

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