Uygongco denies dockyard for flour mill at Iloilo River

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


THE patriarch of the Uygongco family in Iloilo City denies having a special dockyard at the Iloilo River for the use of their own boats bringing flour for use of the Iloilo Foremost Milling Corp. and for unloading fertilizers.

“We pay our taxes properly and we are not a favored family by the City Government. We have a dockyard at Barangay Ingore in La Paz for our boats to load and unload our supplies and materials. Definitely, we are not using the Iloilo River for it is not advisable,” Dr. Felipe Uygongco said.

The Uygongcos in Iloilo are into the business of flour milling, shipping (Amigo Shipping Lines), hotel, shopping mall, restaurant and import export trading.

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“We are also leaving behind our traditional office of holding company La Filipina Uygongco Corp. as the building owner wanted us to vacant the heritage building along Arroyo Street. We are transferring to another site in Lapuz area,” Uygongco added.

The Uygongco patriarch also said he had sent a letter of explanation to City Councilor Plaridel Nava after the latter said the Uygongcos will have a special dockyard at the Iloilo River and the proposed bridge will only favor the family.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is planning to build a four lane bridge across the Iloilo River from Arroyo Street to Lapuz area just behind the new wharf for fast crafts and roll on-roll off vessels.

The bridge is also near the milling complex owned by the Uygongcos.

Earlier, DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said the new bridge will facilitate easy cargo handling and passenger concerns at the new wharf.

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