No trucks, wait, more trucks.

As the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) gets ready to expand the existing truck ban on March 15, 2017, a new policy is set to be implemented to exempt certain trucks based on cargo.

The MMDA along with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Philippine National Police (PNP) signed a memorandum of agreement to designate ‘food lanes’ to expedite the delivery of agri-fishery commodities to major demand centers in Metro Manila.

‘Food lanes’ are actually routes along major streets and highways in the National Capital Region (NCR) that aims to prevent delivery delays in order to cut post-harvest losses estimated at 22-percent of retail cost, reduce trading layers by 18 percent and eradicate informal cost by two percent for an overall decrease in the total price.

“The project is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against corruption and kotong (mulcting) cops by ensuring the elimination of additional fees and checkpoints which actually add to the cost carried by farmers and fisherfolk,” said DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

Present during the signing were Piñolacting MMDA Chair Thomas Orbos, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueño, and PNP Chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa.

The agreement states that accreditation will be required from duly registered individuals or companies that deliver farm and fishery goods and products before they are allowed to use the ‘food lane’ routes and be exempted from the truck ban.

They must also be registered with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and not have a pending or existing complaint prior to accreditation.