P24-B off­shore lo­gis­tics hub to be built in Zam­bales

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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.

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