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ICTSI revives calls for Manila road master plan to relieve port congestion

ICTSI revives calls for Manila road master plan to relieve port congestion
In its home base of Philippines, International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) is reviving calls for the government to develop a road master plan to de-congest Manila.

The latest call adds a rail and water transport network as part of a unified blueprint for the city's transportation and logistics systems, local reports said.

“We need and we are an advocate for a master plan that takes into consideration all forms of maritime transport, all forms of maritime needs, not just in Manila but everywhere else,” ICTSI vp and head of Asia-Pacific region Christian Gonzalez said.

Gonzales said the infrastructure development plan of the current administration is very encouraging so far, but noted he has yet to see a unified master plan.

“Today, no new roads, no railway, no barge nothing like that. The vast majority of cargo that comes into MICT or Port of Manila for that matter serves or is consumed in Metro Manila so for that, cargo trucks remain a primary source of transport,” he said.

ICTSI a few years ago urged the previous administration to develop a road master plan for cargo to address congestion problems instead of diverting traffic from Manila to Batangas and Subic.