“We were not informed,” said the Supervisor of PSO Traffic Division Joseph Baldomar, in a meeting yesterday with the Makati Public Safety Office (PSO, formerly the Makati Public Safety Department [MAPSA]), representatives from the Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO), Luzon Motorcyclists Federation, Inc. (LMFI), and Angkas Riders.
It seems that neither the management of Skyway O&M Co. (SOMCO), which has jurisdiction over the portion of Osmena Highway between Sales Interchange in Pasay up to Magallanes Interchange in Makati, or the Toll Regulatory Board, who has oversight on all tollway operators, have not informed some of the concerned cities and other government agencies when they decided to ban sub-400cc motorcycles on the said road starting July 22, this coming Monday.
The meeting was held to present a position paper by the representatives of motorcycle groups who are against the upcoming sub-400cc ban. According to Baldomar, it is the protocol for government agencies, including members of the private sector, that they hold a meeting or a series of meetings/ consultations for proper coordination before they implement new policies that will affect the general public. None of which happened.
Marlon Revillon, current Officer-in-Charge of PSO's mobile unit, also present at the meeting, added that their team could not respond to emergencies in the area, which is still considered part of Makati City since they ride sub-400cc motorcycles as quick response units.
The Metro Manila Development Authority or MMDA, through Director Neomie Recio of the Traffic Discipline Office, also confirmed that their agency was not informed about the new sub-400cc policy.
As the City of Makati may bear the brunt of the new sub-400cc ban along the portion of Osmena Highway, the PSO officers have deemed it a "very urgent" matter and will escalate the issue to Mayor Abby Binay for appropriate action. This action may include a discussion with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.
According to MRO, if the new sub-400cc ban pushes through, they estimate that there will be more than 100,000 motorcycles who will be displaced into the busy, narrower streets of Makati. This change in traffic can greatly affect businesses and the general public.