18 December 2013

Foreign businessmen seek use of Subic, Batangas ports

MANILA, Philippines – The Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) is reiterating its calls to utilize ports in Batangas and Subic in an effort to “reduce cost and increase efficiency in the Manila port.”

In a statement on Monday, the JFC said its logistic firms are in talks with major port operators seeking “win-win solutions” to address congestion at the Manila port, truck-bans and route prohibitions.

“They are also looking at the lack of support infrastructure in form of easy access to the ports (including Batangas). The intent is to draw up short-term, mid-term, and long-term solutions. While undertaking these discussions, the JFC advocacy remains that the use of port assets in Batangas and Subic should be promoted and the impact of expanding the Manila port carefully evaluated,” the JFC said.

JFC said it has furnished a letter to the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means from the Arangkada Philippines 2010: A Business Perspective of the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines and the recent Assessment on Infrastructure: Seaports and Logistics to address the underutilization of the Batangas Container Terminal.

JFC added that a private sector expert said the recommendation is not ongoing because “there is still resistance from customers to pay added trucking costs to Batangas.” (ABS-CBNNews.com)