Starting today the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will allow trucks pass through Roxas Boulevard from 12 midnight until 5am according to a statement by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

This temporary arrangement was made to decrease the amount of containers that accumulated through the Holidays, Feast of the Nazareno and the Papal visit.

”This is just temporary, upon the request of Secretary Rene Almendras, head of the Cabinet Cluster on Port Congestion, because of the backlog in the operations of the truckers brought about by the holidays.  I am optimistic that this will somehow contribute to the government’s efforts to decongest the ports,” said Tolentino.

Trucks will be able to use Roxas Boulevard for all 12 days of the next two weeks save for February 7 and 14 to prevent weekend traffic from getting worse.

Roxas Boulevard is also scheduled for rehabilitation by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in preparation for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).