By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez is urging colleagues to look into the delayed delivery of cargoes in the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and Manila South Harbor.
He expressed serious concern that the delayed delivery of goods is tantamount to economic sabotage.
“It has come to the attention of this representation that there has been a substantial delay in the delivery of cargoes from the MICT and Manila South Harbor since the month of December 2018,” he said in filing House Resolution 2399.
Citing news reports, he said among the reasons for the port congestion and delayed delivery of cargoes are the planned policy of the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to phase out 15-year old trucks and the difficulty in returning empty containers to the yard depot of shipping lines.
“The flow of cargoes in ports has been reportedly plagued by many problems in the past months. Deliberate actions that cause the delayed delivery of goods may be considered economic sabotage,” Suarez said.
He noted that the 1987 Constitution upholds that the protection of life, liberty and property, and promotion of the general welfare are essential for the enjoyment by all the people of the blessings of democracy.
Suarez further noted that Article XII of the Constitution states that the goals of the national economy are a more equitable distribution of opportunities, income and wealth; a sustained increase in the amount of goods and services produced by the nation for the benefit of the people; and an expanding productivity as the key training the quality of life for all, especially the underprivileged.
“Failure to address the delay in the delivery of goods may produce artificial shortages and may result to price hike of involved goods and commodities,” he said.