The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the Port of Manila and other areas are expected to soon experience decongestion with the plan to set up a container yard in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
“The container yard in Clark Freeport will help ease congestion in Manila ports and at the same time help Central Luzon Special Economic Zone locators achieve cost efficient movement of goods,” BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said.
Casanova said the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and CargoHaus Inc. recently signed a lease agreement that will allow empty shipping containers from Metro Manila ports, as well as from Central and Northern Luzon, to be stored in the Clark Freeport Zone.
Casanova lauded the CDC for its out-of-the-box solution to address the current port congestion, which has resulted in worsened traffic in Metro Manila and affected the flow of goods across the country.
“The action taken by CDC President Arthur Tugade is commendable as it will greatly contribute to uplifting our economy,” Casanova said. “It is the first container yard ever put up in a Special Economic Zone,” he said.
For her part, BCDA Manager for Public Affairs Leilani Macasaet said the proposed three-hectare container yard could accommodate some 20,000 shipping containers.
Macasaet added that the seamless connection of BCDA-built Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, and the North Luzon Expressway would allow for the convenient and speedy transport of the containers to and from the container yard in the Clark Freeport Zone.
Earlier, Alberto Lina, chairman of CargoHaus Inc., estimated that gradually removing 20 to 40 footer containers off the road by bringing them directly to Clark, will ease Metro Manila traffic by 10 percent.