The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Congressional Planning and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives held a forum on "A System-wide Study of the Logistics Industry in the Greater Capital Region" on December 2, 2015, at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

Dr. Epictetus Patalinghug, PIDS consultant, presented the key findings of his research team's study that investigated the causes behind the congestion in the Port of Manila and the underutilization of Batangas and Subic Ports. Using survey and focus group discussion, the study looked into the factors that affect the decision of shippers, freight forwarders, logistics services providers, and truckers on their choice of port and their satisfaction ratings of their chosen port. The study also provided some short-, medium-, and long-term measures to address the congestion and underutilization issues.

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