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Manila Bulletin : Bongbong, Sara want Ro-Ro system expansion to address future calamities

News & Interviews
22 December 2021

By Joseph Pedrajas | Manila Bulletin

The alliance of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio is eyeing the expansion of Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) terminal system in the country to expedite future response time in far-flung areas that will be hit by natural calamities.

According to the duo’s UniTeam alliance, Marcos Jr. believes that the Philippines would require an effective means of distribution for disaster-related concerns, including the delivery of relief goods and heavy equipment, considering the country is an archipelago.

“The country’s unique archipelagic layout is a challenge when it comes to disaster response. Island municipalities can be easily isolated for days, with help only being sent via airdrops and only in small quantities. We believe that by having more Ro-Ro routes, we can send help faster to these affected communities,” the duo said in a joint statement.

Upon seeing the devastation caused by Typhoon “Odette,” Marcos Jr. said the immediate distribution of relief goods and restoration of electricity and telecommunications services would be made possible “by swift clearing operations using heavy and specialized equipment that at times need to be sourced outside of the disaster areas.”

“This is the time when our Ro-Ro network can help,” said Marcos, whose realization came after visiting several areas and provinces hardly hit by “Odette.”