The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is standing firm on its decision to charge a P600 entrance fee for trucks passing through the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), despite the issuance of Executive Order No. 41 by Malacañang.
EO No. 41 explicitly prohibits the collection of pass-through fees on national roads and encourages local government units to suspend fee collection for vehicles involved in transporting goods.
According to logistics company Mober, BCDA enforces the P600 fee on six-wheeler trucks with a gross tonnage of 7.5 tons or a net payload of 3.5 tons. However, Mober, which is actively transitioning its fleet to green technologies, has electric (EV) trucks with a net payload of only 2.25 tons, and they too are subject to BCDA’s P600 entrance fee.
Dennis Ng, the founder of Mober, sees this fee as a minor obstacle on their path to sustainability. Rather than waiving the P600 entrance fee, BCDA has directed Mober to seek approval from each building within BGC. This approach seems to disregard Mober’s contributions to a cleaner and quieter environment and overlooks the directives of EO No. 41.
In response to this situation, Ng sought a reconsideration of the fee. Mober plans to increase its EV truck fleet from 40 to 100 this year and aims to have 300 EV trucks on the road in the following year.
Additionally, the company plans to establish charging stations for its fleet every 150-200 kilometers along routes heading out of Manila in both the North and South directions.
Ng pointed out that reevaluating fee structures in light of green technology contributions can create a win-win situation for businesses and the environment.