November 22, 2018
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Chairman Enrique Razon, and ICTSI Senior Vice President Christian Gonzales, led the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal (CGT), the country’s first container barge port, in Tanza, Cavite.
A project under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the Duterte administration, in partnership with the ICTSI, the CGT features trans-shipment of cargo from international ports in Manila to Cavite via barges and Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) operations.
“I assure everyone that in line with our Build, Build, Build program, this administration will continue to pursue the timely implementation of crucial projects that will uplift the lives of our countrymen,” President Duterte said.
He also assured the people of his campaign promise to eradicate corruption in government offices and cited several instances where he sacked high-ranking government and military officials.
Once fully operational, the CGT would serve as a viable solution for the immediate shuttle of goods via barges between the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and CGT at 19 nautical miles — cutting travel time to three hours than the usual truck trip that takes about a day and a half to complete due to heavy road congestion in Manila and enforced truck bans. Initially targeting to reduce 30 to 40 percent of the 180,000 containers being handled by the Cavite Export Processing Zone per year via barging, the CGT will lessen the number of trucks plying the city streets to over 50,000 that would ease road congestion and reduce air pollution — gearing towards their ultimate goal of barging 140,000 containers per year.
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