Mindanao’s government and business sectors are pushing for a logistics corridor that will integrate key production areas and link the ports of Cagayan de Oro and Davao City, a statement of US-funded Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) read.

This subject was the focus of the two-day Mindanao Logistics Conference held last Nov. 25-26 by the Mindanao Federation of Shippers’ Association (MINFESA) at the Phividec industrial complex in Misamis Oriental.

The event was held in cooperation with the Northern Mindanao Shipper’s Association Inc., the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc., the Department of Trade and Industry, the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo), the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and GEM.

“The last five years have seen a surge in investments in key infrastructure projects, such as the Mindanao Container Terminal [in Phividec], and the Davao international airport…Yet we still have to see a master plan connecting key ports and highways,” the statement quoted MINFESA president Vicente G. Lagdamen, Jr. as saying.

“This would take advantage of the north’s proximity to the rest of the Philippines,” said Tony Pandes, area manager of 2GO/Aboitiz Transport System, Inc.

He pointed out that by utilizing the Cagayan de Oro port, transit time to the Visayas and Luzon could be reduced by a day.

Davao, on the other hand, offers direct international links by both sea and air, and is thus a key gateway for exports.

Logistical challenges faced by businesses in Mindanao — especially producers of high-value agricultural commodities — range from the poor condition of barangay roads, to substandard handling and packing technologies, to inadequate ports and the lack of cold storage facilities.

from BusinessWorld

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