LGUs: Port Users Welcome To Do Business In Batangas

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The largest confederation of Manila-based port users are more than welcome to do business in the bustling port city of Batangas and contribute to the whole province’s growth by tapping into the modern international trade gateway Batangas Container Terminal (BCT).

This was personally assured by Batangas governor Vilma Santos Recto and Batangas City secretary to the mayor Atty. Reginald Dimacuha to the officers of the Port Users Confederation (PUC) during the group’s courtesy call to Batangas’ key local executives, recently.

At the meeting set by BCT operator Asian Terminals Inc., PUC officers, led by retired colonel Rodolfo de Ocampo told local executives that their group is seriously looking at the Port of Batangas as an alternative port for their shipments because of its strategic location, proximity to markets and its modern port facilities.

They also discussed matters of mutual concern and interest for PUC’s 17-member associations, including security for goods, trucks and other trade assets which were immediately considered by the local officials.

“A vibrant province and a modern port that facilitates trade and provides more livelihood opportunities for many Batangeños is what we truly want. Just as we are actively promoting Batangas as a safe, progressive and business-friendly haven for investors, you are most welcome here and are assured of our full support,” Recto told PUC.

Dimacuha echoed the same, saying that the city government is very much supportive of business enterprises wanting to operate in Batangas. “We want you to stay and locate here and we are willing to cooperate with you as we contribute to the development of the port city of Batangas,” he said.

De Ocampo stressed that as far as the port facilities, the roads and support of the local governments are concerned, PUC finds the Port of Batangas a viable alternative for its business.

Meanwhile, at the same meeting, ATI marketing manager Reginald Rivera reported to stakeholders that BCT has experienced exponential growth over the past year and has made significant strides in enticing more customers in the technology, manufacturing and other major industries to come on board. He said Batangas, Laguna and even industries south of Manila are now fully benefiting from BCT’s competitiveness.

“Based on this significant uptrend and good reception from our customers, and with the help of our partners in government and the LGUs, we are confident of getting additional international ship callers for BCT soonest,” Rivera said

Philippines, Inc.

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THE race is on for the next Philippine President.

This early, eyed as potential candidates come 2016 are: Vice President Jejomar Binay (United Nationalist Alliance), Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas (Liberal Party), Sen. Bong Revilla (Lakas-CMD), Sen. Grace Poe (Independent), Sen. Francis Escudero (Independent) Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto (Liberal Party) and businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan.


Of these seven potentials, six have some sort of political lineage in their favor. Binay, the longtime mayor of Makati City has risen to the vice presidency quite spectacularly. Roxas, is the grandson of the late President Manuel Roxas. Escudero, also the scion of a political clan, is a consistent Senate topnotcher. Same with Revilla whose family rules the province of Cavite. Grace Poe, topnotcher in the 2013 Senate race, is daughter of the late movie legend and defeated presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. And Vilma Santos-Recto is the star governor of Batangas province and the wife of Sen. Ralph Recto.

And then there is businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan. Without political affiliation and any previous experience in public office (much like a Nancy Binay), political analysts see Pangilinan—or MVP as he is more popularly known—as a certified dark horse for 2016. And with good reason.

While Binay has no qualms about his dream of becoming President, MVP is quick to admit that “no political blood…runs through my veins.” But given his technocratic skills, MVP could probably fare better than the other potential candidates—whose only claim to fame and public office are their family names.

The chairman of PLDT, TV5, Philex Mining and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), MVP has “singlehandedly” built one of the largest business empires in the Philippines. MVP also has the education to back his business skills having graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and having earned an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Synonymous to telecommunications, media, power , water, mining, education, infrastructure, sports etc., MVP—given his reservations of running for public office–seems a very good choice for 2016. All he has to do is ride on a platform that promises lower electricity, telephone and water rates and he is a shoo-in for the Presidency in 2016.

As it is, MVP already has much of the country on his plate. If he runs and wins in 2016—he’ll be President and CEO of Philippines, Inc.

BCDA President and CEO: ARNEL PACIANO D. CASANOVA, ESQ. “Top Caliber Executive”

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THE name alone grabs attention, but it is the story of Arnel Paciano D. Casanova that is more enthralling.


The current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA)—the Government-Owned and-Controlled Corporation mandated to transform former US military bases into alternative productive civilian use—Casanova has a demeanor that radiates authority and a simplicity that reveals his humble roots as a farmer’s son who grew up in Batangas province.

From his modest origins, Casanova sent himself through school through scholarships and by working odd jobs which include being a farm hand, baker, ice cream peddler, fast-food restaurant helper, English tutor, and researcher.

At the University of the Philippines, he earned degrees in Law, English Studies, and Urban Planning. The proof of his brilliance is a Master’s degree in Public Administration—with concentration on finance and leadership—from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Starting from the bottom of the ladder, Casanova’s his rise to the top is phenomenal, a classic rags-to-riches tale but nevertheless a story uniquely his own.

“One of my greatest accomplishments is that my family has been lifted from poverty. Our life is very different now,” Casanova said in a newspaper interview last year. #OpinYon #BCDA #Feature

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