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Metro Manila businessmen want government to speed up infra projects

Addressing challenges on infrastructure and logistics topped Metro Manila businessmen’s resolutions in their annual business conference. 

Five out of eight resolutions from the 25th Metro Manila Business Conference (MMBC) held recently focused on improving infrastructure and logistics in the National Capital Region (NCR).

This year’s MMBC’s first resolution aims for environment enhancement and disaster mitigation by urging the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to accelerate the construction and completion of the following projects: Floor Protection Works in Marikina River, Manila Bay Integrated Flood Control, Coastal Defense and Expressway, and Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike.

Metro Manila businesses also urged various government agencies to improve the traffic situation in NCR by granting emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte and by prioritizing infrastructure projects such as the North Luzon Expressway- South Luzon Expressway Connector Road and the Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project IV under the DPWH.

Businessmen also pushed the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for timely completion of the Integrated Transport System Project: South and Southwest Terminals, MRT Line 7, MRT Line 2 and LRT Line 1 Extension, MRT-LRT Common Station, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Development, and Quezon Ave. and Central Corridor Bus Rapid Transit System under the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Businesses in NCR likewise called on DOTr, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), local government units (LGUs), and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to implement a uniform permit system for delivery trucks and vans.

This aims to stop the practice of imposing additional feels like pass-through fees and ensure smooth flow of deliveries.

Moreover, the MMBC urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and DOTr to publish trucking rates and shipping charges for traders to choose the best logistics cost.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila businesses said they support the tax reform program of the government, while urging the Department of Finance to champion the Tax Administration Reform Act (TARA) to simplify tax administration and procedures.

Businesses also urged the government to establish industry-relevant innovations and inventions by strengthening science and technology collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology and the Intellectual Property Office Philippines.

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