Coal remains top export of Western Visayas-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
THE unrefined coal from the Semirara Island in Northern Antique remains to be the top export of Western Visayas while the raw sugar from Negros Occidental and some parts of the province of Iloilo came in second as a top export of the region.
The National Economic Development Authority (Neda) reported that the top export commodities garnered US$27.5 million for coal and US$13.4 million for raw sugar.
The Neda report also showed other top exports from the region such as steel scrap earning US$474,275, assorted frozen marine products with US$281,046, and cut foliage earning US$19,770.
Neda assistant regional director Raul Anlocotan said the Port of Iloilo posted US$84.75 million or roughly P1.35 billion exports in the second quarter of 2012 and US$41.80 million or some P1.78 billion in the second quarter of 2013.
The Subport of Pulupandan, on the other hand, posted exports amounting to US$33.07 million or P0.79 billion during the second quarter of 2012 and P1.60 billion in the second quarter of 2013.
Meanwhile, imported products passing through the Port of Iloilo and Subport of Pulupandan in Negros Occidental are fertilizer, wheat, unleaded gasoline, coal, gas oil or liquefied petroleum gas, rice, donated relief goods, used articles and Massey Ferguson Agri Tractor scrap with spare wheels, used milling, and washing machines.