With the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge (BCIB) project nearing completion to enhance accessibility, as well as deep seaports, Bataan Port will soon be competing with Singapore in the shipping industry.
Bureau of Customs (BoC) district collector William Balayo said that the project will be the country’s biggest coastal bridge when it becomes operational, and will link the industrialized Mariveles town to Naic, Cavite.
The BCIB project is the brainchild of Bataan Governor Abet Garcia and received approval by President Duterte, along with government agencies like the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Once finished, the project will help decongest Metro Manila and shorten travel time from the Southern Tagalog area to Central and Northern Luzon from five or six hours, down to 20 to 30 minutes.
The Bataan ports, especially Mariveles Limay and the newly-constructed Orion drydock, are tough competitors with Singapore due to accessibility to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Eastern coastal parts of China and Korea.