Agreement for the construction of Smart Logistics Infrastructure in Batangas signed

by Thiago Santos May 17, 2022 Mandanas, Lopez, Yap (Photo from Batangas PIO) BATANGAS CITY - The Batangas Provincial Government signed a Mem...

by Thiago Santos
May 17, 2022

Agreement for the construction of Smart Logistics Infrastructure in Batangas signed
Mandanas, Lopez, Yap (Photo from Batangas PIO)

BATANGAS CITY - The Batangas Provincial Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and YCH Group, Asia's leading integrated logistics and supply chain provider, to formalize the agreed goal and plan to build a smart logistics infrastructure to further strengthen the Philippines' interconnectivity with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.

The province of Batangas has been chosen as the site for the project, which will be the first logistic hub in the Philippines to be run by the Singapore-based company, and will integrate advanced supply chain nerve center operations focused on connectivity, and sustainability, scalability, and agility.

The MoU was ratified by Batangas Governor DoDo Mandanas, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Dr. Robert Yap, YCH Group Executive Chairman. The occasion was attended by Mr. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Secretariat, and senior officials of the national government and the Provincial Government of Batangas. It took place yesterday, April 27, 2022, at the Trade and Industry Building, Makati City.

The main purpose of the partnership is to make official the commitment to develop a feasibility study for a smart logistics infrastructure, which is part of Smart Growth Connect (SGConnect), one of the legacy projects of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN BAC).

This project in Batangas is expected to meet the needs of the growing economy in various parts of the Philippines and promote intra-ASEAN trade connectivity.

In the study, the YCH Group will be able to use their extensive knowledge of supply chain and logistics, sustainability, and state-of-the-art technologies. It is estimated that the said project will boost the livelihood of the communities in the province, and trade, investment, and economic development in Batangas and CALABARZON Region.

This is the next concrete step in the signed Letter of Intent, with President Rodrigo Duterte, in 2018. The Batangas Province smart logistics project, is the fourth SGConnect project, which is anchored in the goals of the ASEAN Smart Logistics Network (ASLN) that was started. In 2020, which seeks to promote smart and sustainable growth based on smart logistics infrastructure in response to the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan 2025.

Governor Mandanas thanked Batangas for the privilege of being part of the Smart Growth Connect project, which he said is proof of the level of governance of the provincial government and the natural abilities of the Batangueños. He stressed that the provincial government will take all necessary steps to expedite the implementation of the said legacy project.

DTI shared that the smart logistics infrastructure under SGConnect will strengthen the connectivity of the domestic logistics ecosystem to the ASEAN supply chain network.


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