LOWER PORT charges, the use of railways to transport cargoes and the development of a 53-hectare lot in its premises as a dock for containers are the mitigating measures the Batangas Baseport is proposing in its own bid to help address the congestion problem at Manila ports. At a Tuesday meeting of the House committee on transportation led by Catanduanes Representative Cesar V. Sarmiento, Batangas Baseport Manager Leopoldo C. Biscocho, Jr. said that the firm is planning to develop a 53-hectare Phase III at its facility to accomodate an anticipated overflow from the projected volume of transactions in Metro Manila.

In line with making Batangas Port an alternative gateway for empty containers, Mr. Biscocho said that his port is implementing programs to lure locators to operate in Batangas, with it being part of the triangle corridor alongside Manila and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

“Among the incentives and features of the port that are intended to attract locators include lower port charges, efficient documentation and processes and better services among others,” Mr. Biscocho said.

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