Aquino, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, noted that the Port of Manila has been experiencing congestion and logistical problems which resulted in higher prices of goods.
“The Manila Port has had logistical nightmares recently and thus, delay in the delivery of goods and services to the provinces,” Aquino said in a statement.
The senator said there is an alleged shortage in medical equipment such as dental needles and anesthetics in Mindanao due to the slow movement of shipments from Manila. This resulted in an increase of the price of dental needles from P600 to almost P2,000.
The logistical problem at the Manila port has also affected the manufacturing sector due to the late arrival of needed raw materials, hampering their production and delivery schedule.
He also said the delay in the delivery of shipment of rice, garlic and onions also contributed to the high prices of such goods in the market.
Aquino said the administration of the Manila Port, local government of Manila, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other stakeholders should find a “win-win” solution that would address supply problem, reduce prices of commodities and solve the perennial traffic problem, all at the same time.
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