Navotas lone district Rep. John Reynald Tiangco has filed a bill seeking the extension of the Manila Light Railway Transit System Line 1 from Monumento, Caloocan to Navotas.
In House Bill 876, Tiangco noted that the measure would bring Navoteños more employment opportunities to other parts of Metro Manila or draw residents from other cities to find work in Navotas.
“Thousands of buyers visit the port daily. Thousands more come and go for work at the port and its surrounding establishments and facilities, or for other business activities,” he said.
“It is important that we have a mass transport system that would make it easier for residents and non-residents alike to travel to and from Navotas, especially the fish port complex,” Tiangco added.
Navotas is home to the premier fish center of the Philippines and the largest fish port complex in Southeast Asia, where the largest commercial fishing vessels call port and unload a total volume of at least 300 tons.
Overland vehicles from different provinces in Luzon also bring in additional 50 tons, Tiangco noted.
The fish port complex supplies fish and other aquatic products to most markets in Metro Manila.
It also serves as a business center with markets, ice plants and cold storage, fish processing facilities, canneries, shipbuilding, and ship repair facilities, restaurants, fuel depot, gasoline stations and other facilities necessary for the fishery sector. Jun David