Transportation Undersecretary for maritime Elmer Francisco Sarmiento and Philippine Ports Authority officer-in-charge general manager Francisquiel Mancile visited and inspected the Manila International Container Terminal and the Manila North Port over the weekend to ensure efficient operations and uninterrupted supply chain activities at the local and global levels.
The visit was also an opportunity to seek assurance from the port operators in taming soaring commodity prices while securing safe, convenient, world-class and affordable port-related services in adherence to the marching order of President and Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.
MICT is set to strengthen its position as the country’s premier international port through capacity expansion from the current 3.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units to 3.5 million TEUs with the continued reopening of the economy.
The company also presented its Cavite Gateway Terminal pioneering project in Tanza, Cavite which offers alternative means of transporting containers through barges. CGT encourages cargo businesses to take this alternative to minimize congestion along the cargo truck trade routes from North Harbor to areas south of Manila.
Major improvements at the North Port Passenger Terminal Building, managed by Manila North Harbour Port Inc., will also be undertaken to guarantee comfort and convenience. The PTB is handling about 4.5 million passengers annually before the pandemic.