P24-B offshore logistics hub to be built in Zambales
IBA, Zambales- A 200-hectare reclamation project for the modern offshore logistic park and industrial estate will be constructed off the coast of the municipality of San Felipe in Zambales, between the mouth of Santo Tomas and Maloma rivers.
According to Governor Amor Deloso, it should be a logistic park put in place and start operating, and will be accessible to all shipping companies utilizing one of the world’s busy shipping route on which an estimated US$5 trillion worth of goods pass annually.
Deloso said the off shore logistic hub will provide relevant services for trans-Pacific container and bulk carriers during port calls, similar with major hubs in Asia such as in Singapore and Malaysia and will compete in terms of pricing and speed of turn-around to achieve relevance with the international carriers.
He said taking the chunk of services needed by the shipping companies, such as oil, gas and chemical storage, and transshipment port, the logistic park will generate revenues to the province and create direct and indirect employment to local residents of host municipality of San Felipe.
Deloso said the project is expected to be finished in seven years starting from designing the plans to development works at the cost of P24 billion and will be entered into a joint venture agreement with the province of Zambales through the private-public partnership (PPP) mode.
in Metro Manila, their lackeys are wreaking havoc in the hacienda, acting like a dictator that they could do anything they wish, similar of martial law,” Casilao said.
Last October, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano said that the “tambiolo” system executed by Former Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes in distributing the certificate of land ownership awards (Cloa) is being reviewed by the agency.
The system was criticized by farm workers because many were deprived of their allotment.
Mariano also announced last August that the 358-hectares property being claimed by the Cojuangco family through their firm should be distributed to the farmers.
“The Cojuangcos have no right to displace farm workers as the whole agricultural land of Hacienda Luisita is now under the jurisdiction of DAR, we hope that Timbol, her goons and the Cojuangcos to be punished for their offenses,” Casilao said.
“We also urge PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa to urgently act on the issue, as the Tarlac Police is notorious in acting as a private armed group of the Cojuangcos,” he added.
Tarlac policemen were involved in illegally arresting former Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap and his staff in September 2013, while on a fact-finding mission inside the hacienda.
Anakpawis’Casilao asserted that farmers, not only in Hacienda Luisita, would remain as helpless victims to harassments by landlords because of the absence of law for agrarian reform, after the Republic Act No. 6657 or Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program expired in June 2014.
The lawmaker is strongly urging the enactment of House Bill No. 555 or Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) that pushes for free distribution of lands and strengthening of the farmers’rights on the land.