Leading presidential candidate and former senator Bongbong Marcos
By Omar Mundo
October 26, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – While other presidential aspirants appeared more preoccupied with mudslinging, former Senator and Partido ng Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. chooses to lay down his vision for progress as he said on Tuesday said that modernizing the Philippines’ infrastructure will make the country the next logistics hub in Asia.
Pointing out the country’s strategic position in Asia, Marcos said there is the need to upgrade the country’s aging seaports, airports, and railways, as well as expanding them.
“Our strategic location in the Pacific is an advantage that no other country has. It’s time for us to leverage this and aspire to become a major logistics hub in the region. To achieve this we will need to modernize our existing seaports, airports, and railways or build new ones where necessary,” Marcos said in a statement.
He also stressed the need for port automation, computerization, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase efficiency and prevent port congestion, which will lead to lower shipping costs.
“We are already seeing changes in the spending habits of Filipinos with the rise of e-commerce platforms,” Marcos said.
He added that the country must develop smart ports that use shared data platforms, machine learning, and AI to plan and manage critical port operations, including vessel and truck traffic management, container stacking, storage, and transshipments.
“This is a trend that was accelerated by the pandemic and is only expected to grow in the years to come. We need to adapt technologies deployed in other ports such as in Europe and even from our ASEAN neighbor, Singapore, to develop our own Smart ports,” Marcos further said.
He expressed the belief that the increased trade generated by modernizing seaports, airports, and railways will create a steady revenue stream for the government.
“Global trade will recover soon, and we as a nation should make sure that we are in a better position to benefit from it,” Marcos said. (ai/mtvn)