Kotong-free agri foodlanes to allow speedier, more efficient distribution of farm produce in Metro Manila

QUEZON CITY- The Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with several government agencies, launched on Monday, March 13 its Foodlane Project to ensure efficient distribution of agricultural products from farms and production sites across the country to the major demand centers in Metro Manila.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel PiAol signed the Memorandum of Agreement launching the Foodlane with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) represented by Acting MMDA Chair Thomas Orbos, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG represented by Secretary Ismael SueAo, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) represented by PNP Chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa.

PiAol said that government will designate Foodlane routes that could be used by vehicles that are exempt from the ban on access by trucks and large vehicles on major lanes imposed by the MMDA on major streets and highways in the National Capital Region (NCR).

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, the DA Secretary stressed during the launching of the Foodlane project.

PiAol said the implementation of the Foodlane routes will reduce post-harvest losses estimated at 22 percent of retail cost. It will also reduce trading layers by 18 percent and eradicate informal cost by two percent he added.

Under the agreement, the DA will accredit all individuals or companies that deliver farm and fishery goods and products so they could use the Foodlane routes and be exempted from the truck ban.

All applicants for Foodlane accreditation must be duly registered with the DA and has no pending complaint. All transport carriers for livestock, poultry and by-products must also be registered with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) prior to the approval of the Foodlane accreditation.

The following will be the Fooodlane routes:

Route 1

From NLEX to A. Bonifacio then unload at Balintawak Market and back to A. Bonifacio passing through C-3, then left to R-10 going directly to Divisoria.

Route 2

From NLEX to A. Bonifacio take a U-turn at Cloverleaf then turn right to Quirino Highway then turn right to Tandang Sora Avenue going to Katipunan straight to Libis all the way to C-4 then SLEX.

Route 3

From NLEX to A. Bonifacio take a U-turn to Cloverleaf then turn right to Quirino Highway then turn right to Tandang Sora Avenue then right to Mindanao Avenue then left to North Avenue to Elliptical Road going Commonwealth Avenue to University Avenue straight to C.P. Garci going to Katipunan straight to Libis all the way to C-5 then SLEX.

Route 4

From NLEX to A. Bonifacio take a U-turn to Cloverleaf then right to Quirino Highway then right to Tandang Sora Avenue then right to Mindanao Avenue to Elliptical Road going to Commonwealth to University Avenue straight to C.P. Garcia going to Katipunan straight to Libis all the way to C-5 then SLEX.

From Airport to SLEX

From NAIA Rooad turn right Domestic Road to Airport Road then Andrews Avenue then Villamor Airbase then South Luzon Expressway.

SOUTHERN TRUCK ROUTE

From Port to South Superhighway

From Bonifacio Drive turn left to P. Burgos proceed to Finance Rod, Ayala Boulevard, right to San Marcelino, left at Pres. Quirino, right South Superhighway.

From South Superhighway to Port

From South Superhighway, turn right to Pres. Quirino, left at United Nations Avenue, right to Romualdez Street, left at Ayala P. Burgos, right to Bonifacio Drive Port Area.

NORTHERN TRUCK ROUTE

From Port to North Diversion Road

From Pier Zone traveling Northward along R-10, turn right at Caplong towards Tayuman, straight ahead towards A. Lacson (Gov. Forbes), turn left at Maria Clara, left at Dimasalang, right to Blumentritt, left at A. Bonifacio Avenue to North Diversion Road.

From North Diversion Road to Port Area

From the North traveling South along A. Bonifacio Avenue, turn right at Blumentritt, left at Aurora Boulevard, right Dimasalang, right Aragon Street, right A. Lacson (Gov. Forbes) towards Tayuman and Capulong, left at R-10 going to Pier.

EASTERN TRUCK ROUTE

From Port Area to Marcos Highway

From Pier Zone, travelling towards North along R-10, turn right at Capulong towards Tayuman, straight ahead towards A. Lacson (Gov. Forbes), left at Maria Clara, cross Dimasalang, straight ahead towards Constancia, left Laong Laan, straight towards Elliptical Road, take Commonwealth Avenue, left at Aurora Boulevard, straight towards Marcos Highway.

From Marcos Highway to Port Area

Marcos Highway proceed straight towards Aurora Boulevard, right at Katipunan, straight towards Tandang Sora, left at Commonwealth Avenue, straight towards West Avenue right at West Avenue, left at Del Monte Avenue, straight towards Bonifacio Drive, right at Blumentritt, left at Aurora Boulevard, right to Dimasalang, right at Aragon Street, right at A. Lacson towards Tayuman and Capulong, left at R-10 to the Pier Zone.

Source: Philippines Information Agency