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Cargo Transportation In The Philippines

Looking for a small business in the Philippines? Maybe something to keep you busy and make some money during your stay on the islands? How about a logistics company in a Philippine city moving goods and cargo around for various clients? Considering cargo transportation in the Philippines to run your logistics?

Cargo Transportation in the Philippines

About a hundred tons of cargo arrive every day in particular, and this must be distributed in a country where every city is a virtual parking lot with little to no organization. Traffic chokes the streets, both vehicular & pedestrian, roads are not in the best condition and the pollution is awful but the goods MUST move.

Perhaps your money is not enough, trucks are expensive and you are looking for a cheaper solution. During your stay in the Philippines, common encounters here are some interesting scenarios, and transportation around the bigger cities like Manila are some of the most memorable you will have.

Cargo Transportation In The Philippines

There are many ways to move goods around the Philippines and all you have to do in order to be successful here is to be innovative.

The Kuliglig

One of the Cargo Transportations in the Philippines is Kuliglig. Basically, it means a Noisy Insect and is rightfully named so. For you to hear its sound, check out the video below of this amazing little piece of Philippine ingenuity, the KULIGLIG.

This Kuliglig is a belt-driven unmufflered Screeching beast and they Roaaaaar through the city. It can be heard from a great distance away as they are approaching you. One great thing about them is that at least one will never sneak up on you!

Cargo Transportation In The Philippines

Homemade, unlicensed, unregistered, and uninsured. These monsters carry huge loads of People, Cargo, Livestock, and so on and the main reason for their use is that they are tough.

Each of those coconuts weighs about 2 kilos and that’s just a little 5hp utility motor pushing these loads around but, I guarantee you, not fast. Oftentimes the color will designate where it runs, just like a route designation you will often see on some of the Trikes that operate around the islands carrying tourists and locals around.

No matter what their shapes and sizes, they are all loud!


Here’s something a little quieter. See the loads they put on them? people and cargo. The nice thing about this cargo transportation is, it is Quiet, Free to run, and adds no pollution to the environment. Something to be said for that in a city like Manila where pollution is quite an issue for the locals and travelers who decide to stay for a while.

Risk of Pedicabs

Almost all Pedicabs have no brakes and these things can definitely sneak up behind you. It is best to beware of your surroundings at all times when you spot one. Also, the sidewalks are always cluttered so you must walk on the streets. The pedicabs ghost along silently with total disdain for traffic rules, pedestrians and right of way, so watch out!

Cargo Transportation In The Philippines

Push Karts

Another cargo transportation in the Philippines is Push Karts. Notice the wooden wheels. People there are still unloading the same truck onto that cart. These things also carry a lot of weight, and again, make no noise, no pollution, and these guys will push them for MILES to their destination!


Next is Motorcycles which can also be used as cargo transportation and I’m guilty of this as well. So much easier to get through traffic. That’s me and one of my bikes with a small load on it making my way through the Manila traffic on a nice sunny day.

In Manila, I use a motorcycle to do my Industrial shopping and can get upwards of 100 kilos on board. Two or three trips a day every day for a week then load my truck for the trip home to BADLADZ RESORTS – Puerto Galera.

Motorcycle with Sidecar

Adding a sidecar to your motorcycle can carry even more! Look at this stuff. People, cargo, anything you want. These are really dangerous as there are no brakes on the sidecar so a sudden stop means the whole thing spins out of control as the sidecar tries to pass the motorcycle.

Hand Dollies and Brute Force

Maybe you actually want to get physical and do some work yourself. As can be seen in the picture, these guys are doing it hard getting through traffic like this. Yeah, this is no fun. Uphill’s a bitch and, of course, NO BRAKES coming down, especially in the rain!

Whenever you’re thinking that you’ve got a tough life, come on over and get a job here. Do this for 12 hours a day, rain or shine, in traffic, for $10 A DAY if you’re lucky. Most of these guys will be getting paid about $7 each day, 6 days a week.

Different Dollies Situation

When the traffic is SO bad that the Dollies get stuck…. just pick up the boxes and take a walk. I’m not talking about around the corner, it could be an hour trek or more to the destination then back to the starting point and do it again! ALL DAY LONG, no Union, no Insurance, no compensation or unemployment insurance. No work, no pay BUT also NO TAXES!

Reach Us!

Would you like to get more information on how you can start a small business in the Philippines? Perhaps would like more info on the cost of living in the Philippines compared to some of the other southeastern countries that are similar.

Contact us today and we will be more than happy to assist you with your concerns. When you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing resort away from the chaos and pollution found in Manila without having to worry about spending a whole day traveling to get away, come visit us at any one of our BADLADZ Beach & Dive Resorts in Puerto Galera.

Less than a 4 hour trip from Manila, come enjoy this beautiful tropical paradise with us and you will be glad you did!


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