Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Clark opens first container depot
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE-Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and chief executive officer Arthur Tugade said Monday that the three-hectare container depot inside the Freeport Zone is open to serve empty container vans congesting the Port of Manila and other ports in Northern and Central Luzon.
The operation of the container yard came into effect upon the signing of the lease agreement between Tugade and CargoHaus Inc. chairman Alberto Lina and President Rudy Fulo over the weekend.
“This is the first container yard ever in an eco-zone, and this is the first time in the history of CDC that we will be addressing issues on clogged ports and traffic congestion apart from settling the concerns of our locators,’’ said Tugade.
“I thanked CargoHaus for allowing me to perform for CDC and for Clark. I cannot be proud enough of this,’’ he added.
The lease deal mandates the use of the Freeport property near the airport as storage house of empty containers shipped from Subic to Metro Manila, Southern, Central and Northern Luzon or vice versa.
The agreement also states specific routes to trailers transporting the empty vans to avoid traffic along national McArthur hi-way or other national hi-ways.
Lina said the removal of 20 to 40 footer containers off the road by bringing them directly to Clark will also ease traffic in Metro Manila by 10 per cent. It will also double the savings of importers from Clark to Manila, Bulacan and other Luzon areas as they do not have pay much for gas, parking and cargo fees.
Moreover, BCDA President Arnel Paciano Casanova hailed the strengthened partnership between CDC and CargoHaus through the lease agreement, as he called on others to follow suit.
“We at BCDA take pride that our family in Clark is doing well in uplifting our economy. You have seen how Clark has grown so fast and achieve a historical target that is not known before. Hopefully others will follow suit,’’ Casanova said.
CDC is a member of the BCDA group, a prime mover of national development. (CDC)
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