Issue of October 23, 2011
Mt. Province

102nd Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Containerization of LU port readies Beng’t to int’l trade
by Harley Palangchao

Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan joined the ranks of chief executives Northern Luzon in requesting the Bureau of Customs to fast track the set up of containerized cargo or containerization of the Port of San Fernando in La Union, which is expected to propel further the vegetable industry in the province.

Fongwan said that he, together with other ranking officials, met Monday with BOC Commissioner Ruffy Biazon to discuss the set up of the containerization of the San Fernando Port.

“The containerization of the Port of San Fernando is expected to help our vegetable industry while it will be a big help to us once we started to export highland vegetables,” Fongwan said.

Based on the plan, the containerization project aims to lower transport cost by 35 percent by substituting inland transport or freight to sea freight.

It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of the 75,000 combined containerized cargoes in the Port of Manila and Manila International Container Port are intended for Region 1. This means that if the containerized vessel goes directly to Port of San Fernando, this would mean huge revenue and that products from Regions 1 and the Cordilleras will be shipped easily to their intended market outlets.

Another benefit of containerization of Port of San Fernando is the projected increase in trade or exports activities of agriculture and marine products of regions 1 and Cordilleras with neighboring countries like China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

There will be additional revenues with an estimate of almost half billion pesos annually from the direct shipment of consolidated or door-to-door cargoes of overseas workers and balikbayans.

Historically, the Port of San Fernando was created as a collection district covering the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, and Pangsinan. At present, the Port of San Fernando comprises of Poro Point Special Economic and Freeport Zone and three sub-ports namely John Hay Freeport Zone, sub-port of Sual, and sub-port of Salomague covering Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Benguet, and Mountain Province.

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Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

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