MANILA, Philippines – Everyday, over 6,000 container trucks go in and out of the Manila sea port, still the center of shipping and trade in the country.
Economics professor and port infrastructure expert Enrico Basilio says the concentration of these cargo-led business in the capital clog the strees of Metro Manila, reducing productivity of residents and workers.
Basilio notes that congestion at both Manila port and the streets leading to it could be addressed by a policy that directs trade away from Manila and into nearby Batangas and Subic ports.
After all, the government has spent and borrowed a total of over P100 billion to develop these ports and the road networks that lead to them, he noted. – Rappler.com