Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday stressed the need to strictly implement the law against overloading of cane trucks to prevent the destruction of Negros Occidental’s highways.
He said the Land Transportation Office and the Department of Public Works and Highways should ensure compliance with load limits to protect roads from destruction.
The governor noted that the weigh bridges are not manned at night, and that is when overloaded trucks pass through them.
No matter how much repairs are undertaken, if the load limits are not addressed, the problem will persist, he said.
The governor said yesterday he inspected ongoing repairs of the highway from Victorias to Escalante destroyed by overloaded trucks amid complaints of slow work, which has made travel in the north difficult.
The repairs have been delayed by the rains, he said.
Meanwhile, the governor also said a moratorium on commercial fishing in the Visayan Sea is being studied by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
The moratorium is being studied to rehabilitate the Visayas Sea, but small fishermen will be allowed to continue to fish, Maranon said.*CPG