International container port in Bataan?

   Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP) Member Jose C. Villapando ,Sr. ,Chair  of Transportation and Communication Committee stressed that he has formally endorsed to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Chair of Public Works Committee at the Senate, during the public dialogue before provincial and municipal officials and other stakeholderds held last week at the Crown Royale Hotel here the inclusion in the national strategic public works plan the construction of a new international port in Mariveles to solve traffic congestion due to the imposition of cargo truck ban as well as for faster shipment and processing of export and import products to consignees.

   Villapando, a former KD Pack Parts analyst and material controller of Ford Stamping Plant, one of the largest car assembly plants in the 1970`s in South East Asia, said the limited shipyard containerized facilities inside the Port of Manila for the expanding foreign and local manufacturing and commercial  firms have reportedly affected the international business community.

   Villapando said the industrial town of Mariveles, the site of the first export processing zone in the country, has large tracts of privately-owned lands to facilitate the establishment of a new international port not to mention the remarkably well-paved road network to facilitate the safe transport of goods to Northern and Central Luzon including Metro Manila.

   The SP member mentioned to Senator Marcos that his late father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, created the Bataan Export Processing Zone (BEPZ) in Mariveles in the early 1970`s to attract foreign and local investors to put up labor-intensive manufacturing firms, to compete in the growing global markets, also for the tax incentives and other promotional benefits accorded to business enterprises.

   He cited two industrial zones in Bataan have existing sea ports while four other oil firms have been operating their dockyards efficiently for years along the coastal villages of Mariveles.

   Villapando explained to Senator Marcos that the creation of a new global seaport in the historic peninsula is expected to generate additional government revenues by providing investors a healthy and profitable business atmosphere, better job opportunities, and other essential services which ultimately would benefit the residents of Bataan.

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