08 September 2014

Solon files resolution to tap Subic and Batangas ports

A senior administration congressman called on the House Committee on Transportation to inquire into the possibility of immediately tapping Subic and Batangas City ports as a long-term solution to the worsening congestion of Manila ports.

In a resolution, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian said the House panel should conduct the inquiry in order that legislative measures may be pursued to support the planned decongestion of the Manila port.

Gatchalian, a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, said the Subic and Batangas City ports, which have a combined capacity of 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and are strategically located near Metro Manila, can share the load of processing containers and will greatly help in decongesting the ports in Manila.

“Goods heading to Northern and Southern Luzon may instead be assigned to the Subic and Batangas City ports respectively, thereby easing the congestion in Manila ports. Those ports have a huge potential in contributing to the economy,” said Gatchalian.

The Valenzuela solon called for congressional action to swiftly respond to the alarming overcrowding of the Port of Manila mainly triggered by the Manila City government’s daytime truck ban ordinance.

Gatchalian filed the resolution in response to the alarming bottleneck in the Port of Manila caused mainly by Manila City government’s daytime truck ban ordinance. (Ben Rosario, Manila Bulletin)