The president of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. is eyeing to fast track the modernization of the Bredco Port to make it a transshipment point in the country.
Bredco president John Alonte said yesterday that there are development plans aligned to modernize the port, as key ports in the country, like in Manila, Batangas and Cebu, have become congested.
He said it will entail billions of pesos, and to develop the area located at the Reclamation Area of Bacolod City, they have already signed a renewal of contract to continue the development.
Alonte said that, among the major developments they plan to make at the Bredco, is the opening of the new passenger terminal, modernization of equipment in order not to rely on manual labor, and acquiring of gantries to automate the transport of containers.
The new passenger terminal that will open in March this year has a budget of about P400 million, he said, and the other planned developments in Bredco will cost more than P1 billion, he added.
He said that the automation of some services in the port is also necessary in order to not rely on manual labor that is now hard to fill in Bacolod, with some industries already rising in the city.
Acquiring of gantries is also considered to make logistical work in Bredco easier through the automated transport of containers, he said.
“We should make the development fast as more investments are coming to Bacolod in the next years,” he said.
Bredco port is a 2.2-kilometer port and is a mixed used facility, Alonte said, adding that more industries are coming in to the area, indicating that Bacolod is continuously progressing.
“Before, there were just fertilizers coming in the port, but now there are cement, steel, and other materials for industrial use,” he said.
The plans for Bredco are eyed to be done in 3 to 5 years and efforts from both government and private sectors are needed to modernize it and accommodate more, to make Bacolod a transshipment point, Alonte added. *MLG
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