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New CIP cargo release sched starts Jan. 15

EFFECTIVE January 15, 2021, there will be a readjustment in the schedule for releasing and pulling out of cargoes at Cebu International Port (CIP).

From Mondays to Sundays, goods held at the port will now be released at nighttime, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day.

This is so, to decongest traffic in major thoroughfares of northern Metro Cebu.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, representatives from the Cebu Port Authority (CPA), Bureau of Customs (BOC), truckers’ associations, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and local chief executives agreed to make adjustments in moving out cargoes from CIP.

The Capitol decided to intervene to address traffic woes still hounding the national highways covering Mandaue City, and the towns of Consolacion, and Liloan.

“The traffic congestion that is happening during the daytime is affecting everyone. For those that are in private vehicles going to their work or their offices, they spend more time on the road than in the office itself because they need to leave early or else, they would be late,” said Garcia.

LTO-7 director Victor Caindec had suggested to local officials that regulating the volume of traffic could help alleviate traffic problems there. “We can regulate the volume (referring to vehicles on the road) but we cannot stop the volume,” he said.

The decision to move the releasing and pulling-out hours of cargoes in CIP was also made in line with a uniform truck ban imposed in the towns of Consolacion and Liloan which will run from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

CIP, located at North Reclamation Area (NRA) in Cebu City, formed part of Port of Cebu, and is one of the busiest ports outside Luzon.

From January to July in 2020, CPA registered having handled over 32.7 million metric tons (MMT) of cargoes both in its domestic and international ports.