Group urges gov’t to get vital infra projects moving

By , on September 27, 2014

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MANILA – Towards the last two years of the Aquino administration, the country’s biggest business organization, wants to get the proposed infrastructure, logistics, power and education measures implemented.

The said projects are deemed to be critical in making the country’s business landscape more conducive to local and foreign investors.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Honorary Chair Donald Dee, recently discussed in a briefing that the country’s business community are expecting to see vital projects moving in the last years of President Aquino’s term.

He also said that they want the government to set a clearer timetable for the implementation of all the government’s critical projects and programs.

“These are the things that are critical. These are the things we want to happen in the next two years. We need the government to implement plans. These will not be finished (by the time President Aquino steps down in 2016) but at least we want to see these projects being implemented, and for sure, investments will start coming in,” Dee said.

“The whole idea here is that we want investments to go up. Investors won’t come in unless they are assured that there’s adequate power, that the logistics costs would go down, and that we have skilled labor,” he added.

Dee also said that they are expecting the consolidation and submission of the proposals towards the last day of the PCCI’s 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo, which will be held next month.

“We want to see, for example, in the case of the ports, when the President said that Subic and Batangas are now secondary ports, we should go further than that. We should also say what are the maximum load that we will allow in Subic and Batangas, among others, and have a timetable for that as well,” Dee said.

“We want to see these airports. Let’s stop giving out these ideas. Let’s decide: If you want to put it in Clark, let’s put a working plan to put it in Clark. If you want it in Cavite, then lets work on it. Whatever (the decision maybe), we should have a working plan and a time frame,” he further stressed.