President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday said the country is making progress in decongesting the Manila ports in a bid to avert any impacts of the problem on the country’s economic growth.
“Now, we were clearly on track to bring the situation to normal levels,” he said in a media interview in Davao City.
The President said warpage charges will be payable on overstaying cargo containers in the Port of Manila.
“Para nga ma-discourage na gawin mong warehouse, ‘yung government ports… Mayroong mga ginawang—tinitingnan ‘yung ating ports na cheaper warehousing facility than the warehouses that they can utilize; nag-o-overstay,” President Aquino said.
The Chief Executive said overstaying cargoes will be transferred from Manila ports to Clark and Subic.
“Meron ding kailangang paglagyan ‘nung mga empties. Nag-arkila na rin ng — if I remember it correctly, it’s PPA (Philippine Ports Authority) who has chartered a ship to take care just of empties para ma-decongest,” he said.
President Aquino said the government aims to move some 5,000 containers a day out of the port.
Further, the President said the port congestion alone, if not addressed, can impact on the growth of the Philippine economy.
“We don’t want this thing to—‘yung parang exacerbate problems like, for instance, increasing prices for food because of the difficulty in the transport in the logistics side,” he said. PNA