The Aduana Business Club warns of shortage of milk, diapers, and other commodities found in supermarkets and grocery stores in December if the administration continues to remain deaf and blind to the real issues about the port congestion.
Aduana BC President Mary Zapata said the stricter customs inspections and the mismanagement of the pier by the ports authorities are the causes of the port backlog, and not the City of Manila’s truck ban, which has already been lifted since September.
Zapata said goods at the stores like the infant formulas, diapers, etc are running out because the fresh supplies are still on the boats anchored at Manila Bay.
Philippine Amalgamated Supermakets President Steven Cua admitted the said commodities are running out at their suppliers’ warehouses and may affect the supermarkets by December.
However, the Department of Trade and Industry downplayed the pronouncements of the two groups.
The DTI maintains there is an ample supply of these types of goods, basing its statement only on the reports coming from Bureau of Customs and Philippine Ports Authority.
The Aduana Business Club is composed of brokers at the pier and importers. They surely know what’s going to happen.
Either the DTI officials are dumb or lying to their teeth.
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Inutile in preserving the past and taking care of the present
From our national historical sites to our tourist spots, and from our transportation system to our infrastructures, the government has always been a failure in preserving not only those parts of our heritage but also its modern day structures and transportation systems as well.
Unlike in other countries whose governments appropriate enough funds in the budget for the preservation of their historical sites and tourist spots, our government spends billions for unknown projects–or known only to officials who put the money in their pockets .
One fine example showing that the government had no interest is the preservation of the historical Manila Metropolitan Theater. The once illustrious theater was left to rot and decay over the years.
Other structures such as the Spanish built cathedrals dating back to the 1700s do not get funding from the government for its upkeep forcing the Catholic Church to ask for donations from its flock for their maintenance.
These edifices that should be part of our tourist attractions are left to deteriorate because our leaders have other self-profitable priorities in mind.
Thus, tourists just have to be content with our beaches and shopping malls not aware of our rich and beautiful historical heritage.
Ironically, even our modern day structures such as our roads and bridges suffer the same fate.
Funds are made available by our officials only if it need repairs, but not for its daily upkeep or maintenance.
A major mode of transport after the war onto the 60’s, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) trains, have been abandoned by the government.
Instead of modernizing, it was only given measly funds to pay for the wages of its employees to this day.
The end result…an unreliable train system that was once the major mode of transport of the Filipimos.
What a shame!!!!