Country’s biggest shipping group backs BBM-Sara UniTeam

19 April 2022

EMBRACING the unifying leadership of BBM-Sara UniTeam, the Philippine Coastwise Shipping Association, Inc. (PCSA), the country’s largest shipping association, threw its full support to presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., and his running mate Inday Sara Duterte.

The association is comprised of Filipino ship owners/operators that operate more than 700 ships serving thousands of passengers and transporting cargoes nationwide.

A one-page manifesto of support, signed by Edgardo Nicolas, administrator of PCSA and its officers and members, said the group aspires for a stronger, competitive, safe, efficient and robust Philippine domestic shipping industry which is a vital component in attaining inclusive growth and socio-economic progress.

The group also believes that the presidency of former Senator Marcos will ensure the appointment of qualified and competent officials regulating the maritime industry, the port management and other government agencies concerned.

“We believe that this is not the time to look back, but to look forward to a brighter maritime future for our country. We are full of hope for the future because of the goodwill, concern, and commitment of Marcos-Duterte tandem to ensure critical reforms in an industry that has yet to achieve its full potential,” the association added.

“Our pledge of support is backed by genuine hope that we will take a step forward toward a society of "meritocracy, fairness and economic security" which the BBM-Sara tandem has promised,” it added.

The group covers short, medium and long-haul routes and prides itself as the main transporter of goods in the logistic chain and the primary operator of roll-on/ roll-off ships under the Strong Republic Nautical Highway program.

“It is our understanding that they both have the qualifications and abilities to lead the country with their advocacy,” it added.

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FILIPINO VERSION

PINAKAMALAKING SHIPPING GROUP SA BANSA SUPORTADO ANG BBM-SARA UNITEAM

YAKAP ang pagkakaisa na dala ng BBM-Sara UniTeam, nagpahayag ng buong suporta ang Philippine Coastwise Shipping Association, Inc. (PCSA), ang pinakamalaking shipping association sa bansa, sa tambalan nila presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., at running mate na si Inday Sara Duterte.

Ang naturang asosasyon ay kinabibilangan ng mga Filipino shipowners at operators na nag-ooperate ng mahigit 700 barko at nagseserbisyo sa libo-libong pasahero at mga kargamento sa buong bansa.

Ayon sa isang pahinang manifesto of support na nilagdaan ni Edgardo Nicolas, administrator ng PCSA at iba pang opisyal at miyembro ng grupo, nananawagan sila sa mas maayos, ligtas, at epektibong shipping industry para sa tuluyang pag-unlad ng industriya at ng bansa.

Naniniwala naman ang grupo na ang pagkapanalo ng BBM-Sara UniTeam ay magsisiguro sa pagtatalaga ng mga matitino at marurunong na mga tao sa maritime industry, port management at iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno na may kinalaman sa kanilang industriya.

“We believe that this is not the time to look back, but to look forward to a brighter maritime future for our country. We are full of hope for the future because of the goodwill, concern, and commitment of Marcos-Duterte tandem to ensure critical reforms in an industry that has yet to achieve its full potential,” ayon sa manifesto.

“Our pledge of support is backed by genuine hope that we will take a step forward toward a society of "meritocracy, fairness and economic security" which the BBM-Sara tandem has promised,” dagdag pa nito.

Sakop ng grupo ang lahat ng ruta ng mga barko sa bansa at pangunahing nagbibiyahe ng mga basic goods at iba pang pangangailangan sa iba’t ibang lugar at sila rin ang nangungunang operator ng roll-on/ roll-off ships sa ilalim ng Strong Republic Nautical Highway program.

“It is our understanding that they both have the qualifications and abilities to lead the country with their advocacy,” ayon sa PCSA.

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