Calls for shift of cargo shipments from Manila to Subic get louder

Posted 5 months ago

Businessmen from northern Luzon have joined the clamor for the government to accelerate the shift of cargo shipments from Manila ports to Subic Bay Freeport to promote the development of logistics corridors.

This is one of the resolutions under the “Infrastructure” list passed at the recently concluded 26th North Luzon Regional Business Conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Calls for shift of cargo shipments from Manila to Subic get louder
Hauling trucks and reach stackers move some of the container vans in Subic Bay Freeport yesterday at the New Container Terminal-1 in Subic Bay Freeport. Manila port has transferred most of its overstaying cargoes to Subic to help ease the port congestion felt in Manila. (Jonas Reyes)

The regional conference urged the national government and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to shift Manila cargoes to Subic, and promote the development of logistics corridors. PCCI has called for the shift of cargoes to nearby ports such as Subic and Batangas following the horrible traffic port congestion that plagued Metro Manila two years ago.

Several businesses incurred huge losses from that affecting exports and delays in expansion programs of investors.

Aside from the cargo shipments, PCCI also urged DOTr to fast-track the expansion and full utilization of Clark International Airport. Subic has a direct expressway link to Clark Freeport Zone.

According to PCCI, completion of infrastructure projects for North Luzon will facilitate seamless connectivity of roads, rails, ports with agriculture, manufacturing and tourism hub.

These projects include the Central Luzon Link Expressway, PNR North segment, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway Project, Clark International Airport Expansion and New Clark City.

To improve the competitiveness of the region, businessmen from North Luzon were also pushing for the passage of Senate Bill 1325 or the act creating Regional Investment and Infrastructure Corporation of Central Luzon by Senator Richard Gordon to facilitate the creation of Central Luzon investment corridor and other purposes authored.

The resolution further urged the Departments of Science and Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to strengthen their partnership and cooperation with the private sector to ensure full implementation of business facilitating programs such as Business Incubation Centers, Fabrication Labs and Food Innovation Centers.

To push for the huge potential of the handicraft industry of Pampanga, the PCCI said both DTI and TESDA should extend full support to crafts producers in the province through market and export promotion and preservation of carving, ceramic crafting and other technical skills.

In addition, the businessmen threw their support for Congress in conducting the long overdue comprehensive review of Local Government Code to institute reforms on local government structure to increase the allocation of financial resources to LGUs that will be used for the improvement of socio-economic condition of localities.

This means institutionalizing an effective, transparent, and accountable governance mechanism to ensure that the allocation will benefit the localities.

These resolutions have been adopted during the plenary. Those related to LGUs will be forwarded to LGU governments while those related to national government and Cabinet offices will be discussed and adopted during the Philippine Business Conference in October 2017, and forwarded to the President.

On agriculture, PCCI said the Department of Agriculture (DA) must be proactive in addressing the effects of avian flu and in strengthened cooperation and coordination between the private and the public sector to fully contain the avian flu disease.

The business community also saw the need for a heightened social marketing effort to alleviate the overreaction of consumers to the avian flu disease in the country, and the eventual declaration of the country to be totally free of avian flu.

For a holistic approach, businessmen have also proposed to the national government, particularly the DA, Departments of the Interior and Local Government, of Environment and Natural Resources, and Agrarian Reform, among other government agencies to develop policies that would ensure protection for the livestock and poultry industry to have a security of tenure as far as their investment and operation is concerned.

The resolution further said that businessmen should be given due consideration and fair treatment in situation that can pose as risks to their investments as they are one with the government’s pursuit in attaining food security and sufficiency.

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