Thursday, May 02, 2013

Aklan’s 2012 Domestic Trade Reaches 45,000 MT

The total value of domestic trade transactions in 2012 of the Province of Aklan reached to 45, 211 metric tons valued at 1.2 billion pesos. It increases by more than three times compared to the transaction reported in 2011 with 13,699 metric tons.

Provincial Statistics Officer Blas M. Solidum stressed that the value depends principally on the kinds of commodities sold and not on the quantities reported. These commodities in quantity are mostly traded in water comprising 99.70 percent in 2012 and 98.47 percent in 2011.

On the other hand, the total value of commodities that flowed within the province increased by 5.2 percent from P1.16 billion in 2011 to P1.22 billion in 2012. Trade transaction through water was still the principal mode of transport comprising 99.66 percent in 2012 and 99.40 percent in 2011.

Cargoes which were transported from Dumaguit Port to Romblon and Batangas include among others passenger buses, 6-10 wheeler trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, AUVs, heavy equipment vehicles, scrap materials, fish (fresh and dry) and other marine products, abaca, charcoal, household appliances, furniture, copra, rice and other food items, live animals and other domestic products.

Domestic trade transaction was highest in the 1st quarter of 2012 with 17,818 metric tons, while the 2nd quarter of 2012 has the lowest with 9, 757 MT. In terms of value, the 2nd quarter of 2012 got the highest with P555.16 million, followed by 1st quarter with P438.26 million.

The volume of trade transaction was highest on the 4th quarter of 2011 with 4, 604 metric tons, while, the value was peak on the 1st quarter with P427.21 million.

According to Mr. Blas M. Solidum, Provincial Statistics Officer, domestic trade refers to the flow of commodities through the water, air and rail transport systems within the country. He further said that domestic trade data is used as basis in the formulation and implementation of programs like countryside development and port planning.” 

Passengers Drop 

The total number of passengers going out of Aklan in 2012 via Dumaguit Port went down by 32.1 percent or a difference of 6,017 after registering a total number of 12,732 against 18,749 in 2011.

The decrease was attributed to the operation of RORO in Brgy. Caticlan, Malay and an increase in number of flights of airline companies operating in Aklan. 

The highest outbound passengers was observed in the month of May with 2,490, followed by June with 2, 333, and July with 1, 527. 

Starting October until December of the same year, no transaction was reported due to the unavailability of passenger vessels operating in the port as a result of land conflict between the land owners and management of the shipping companies.

The same pattern of passengers flow was observed in 2011. The month of May registered the highest number of passengers with 3,024, followed by June with 2,939, and July with 1,966. October and November have the lowest with 688 and 700 passengers, respectively.

The data of outbound passengers were derived from the passenger manifests collected monthly by NSO from the Philippine Ports Authority.  /MP

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