PALAWAN is an exemplary island of the best kind within the BIMP-EAGA. Its able Governor, Hon. Jose Chavez Alvarez is totally committal on its continued development. He believes that in order to be developed, everybody has to be connected.
“Out of more than 1700 islands, a total of 23 landing strips will be built at strategic location in order their own population can taste the fruits of development and stay connected within the mainstream. The CESSNA 12-24 seaters has been chosen. No need to buy the expensive ATR, and when landing strip is impossible, they will stay connected through the 8-seater amphibious plane.”
“Let us set aside our political indifferences. We must stay close and stay integrated. We must improve our visitation channel and trade together. In this way, all differences are forgotten and we can all be one big happy family…….so says Jose!”
The BEBC of Palawan has taken the que. Aug 26-28 was chosen to conduct the Training on Trade Facilitation. This is an awareness program for all aspiring and already established traders to learn more knowledge as to how to conduct trade with neighboring Malaysia. A special thanks has to be extended to Ms Tehanie Hernandez who has to
assume responsibility for and on behalf of her father, Commodore Nick Hernandez, who himself is the country director of BEBC PALAWAN. Commodore Nick has been on medication and needs plenty of rest. May God bless him to early recovery.
Another heartfelt thanks is also due to Mr Jojo Sapalo because he himself has been the rainy behind this training and under his stewardship, he has coordinated the entire Governmental machineries for the 3 days seminars. I must say that the teamwork that has been put together all deserve nothing but a standing ovation.
Just for the record, I must extend my appreciation to the following person and or organization they represent because they all constitute the pulse of the economy:
Dept of Agriculture
Dept of Trade and Industry
Bureau of Customs
National Plant Quarantine service
Cooperative Bank of Palawan
Mr Albert Magdaraog of Magda Prime Distribution
Evza Minoza of Express Airfreight Movers
Arman Tan Gamo
Palawan Port Management Office
And various other speakers whom I did not get the liberty of getting their name-cards.
Above all a very special tribute is bestowed on all the participants whom as I have observed has been most disciplined and very eager to catch-up on their knowledge. The number of attendees has remained the same through-out the 3 days and there is no absenteeism. This is most remarkable!
While waiting for the new ferry to link Kudat and Bulliluyan and or Brookes Point, the BEBC PALAWAN has took the first initiative by nominating 3 general cargo vessels of 500 dwt of lesser and these vessel will be deployed sometimes in October this year. So to KUDAT PORT AUTHORITY, please be alert and ready for the action.
The buying spree will start this September 14/15th when about 60 traders will visit Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. For all intent and purposes, the main interests will be on cement imports, deformed bars and other construction materials, timber, household products, spareparts for motorcycles and general machineries, cooking oils and cooking gas, various foodstuffs, fertilizers and animal feeds.
Whilst the Palawan imports represent a one-way traffic, the Sabah traders are kindly urge to reciprocate by buying from Palawan. In this way, a two-way traffic can be established to generate lower freight costs.
Surprisingly, Palawan is aware that Sabah has been importing about 15,000 tonnes of Maize each month. So Gov. Alvarez has segregated a large chunk of arable land near BULLILUYAN just to plant maize for the feedmill plants of Sabah. It is our hope that the feedmills of Sabah can buy their corns from sources very near to home in order the
connectivity program of BIMPEAGA can be accelerated. When the paperwork has been established, the planting shall commence.
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I remain your most humble servant,
Datuk Roselan J. Mohamed
Chairman – BEBC.